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Beyond Bushfires: Community, Resilience and Recovery - a longitudinal mixed method study of the medium to long term impacts of bushfires on mental health and social connectedness

  • Lisa Gibbs1Email author,
  • Elizabeth Waters1,
  • Richard A Bryant2,
  • Philippa Pattison3,
  • Dean Lusher4,
  • Louise Harms5,
  • John Richardson6,
  • Colin MacDougall7,
  • Karen Block1,
  • Elyse Snowdon1,
  • Hugh Colin Gallagher3,
  • Vikki Sinnott8,
  • Greg Ireton9 and
  • David Forbes10
BMC Public Health201313:1036

Received: 12 August 2013

Accepted: 28 October 2013

Published: 4 November 2013

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Original Submission
12 Aug 2013 Submitted Original manuscript
23 Aug 2013 Author responded Author comments - Lisa Gibbs
Resubmission - Version 2
23 Aug 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 2
16 Oct 2013 Author responded Author comments - Lisa Gibbs
Resubmission - Version 3
16 Oct 2013 Submitted Manuscript version 3
28 Oct 2013 Editorially accepted
4 Nov 2013 Article published 10.1186/1471-2458-13-1036

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Authors’ Affiliations

Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program, McCaughey VicHealth Centre for Community Wellbeing, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia
School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn, Australia
Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Australia
Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross, Carlton, Australia
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity, and School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia
Prevention and Population Health Branch, Department of Health, Melbourne, Australia
Department of Human Services, Health and Human Services Emergency Management, Melbourne, Australia
Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne, East Melbourne, Australia