Bushfire Anniversary Project

The Bushfires of 2009 Community Support Committee has formed in response to the approach of the 10th anniversary of the February 2009 bushfires.

The project has been funded by the Department of Health and Human Services in response to the possible need for increased community-based mental health, medical support and community capacity building – in Mitchell, Murrindindi, Yarra Ranges, Whittlesea and Nillumbik regions – in the lead up to, during, as well as after the commemorations of the 2009 bushfires.

Many members of the committee were directly involved in the initial response to communities impacted by the bushfires of February 2009. The committee is building on collective experience from Murray PHN, Department of Health and Human Services, Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership, Eastern Melbourne PHN, Australian Primary Mental Health Alliance (APMHA), Nexus Primary Health, Mitchell Shire, Murrindindi Shire, Alexandra District Health and GV Health.


The Victorian State Government is holding a State Commemoration event at 6pm Monday 4 February 2019 at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton VIC 3053. The event will also be livestreamed. To register or for more information click here

APMH Alliance will be running one our webinars for health and community service professionals to discuss preparedness for this anniversary season:

Tuesday 29th Jan – 6.30pm – Register

Friday 1st Feb – 6.30pm – Register

Resources and information for individuals

Resources for health professionals

  • For more support, general practice can contact APMHA here
  • GPs can trial the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) online emergency response planning tool (ERPT). For information click here.

Resources for media

  • Click here for a collection of resources and information, including how to get in contact with community members who have expressed interest in being available for interview.


Credit to our colleagues at Lower Hume Primary Care Partnership for resources and up to date information.