$9.7 million for floods that hit Australian communities
November 16, 2022
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As flooding continues to cause significant damage and disruption on the East Coast, the Australian Government is providing an additional $9.7 million to affected communities to bolster mental health supports and respond to public health risks posed by floods. mosquito-borne diseases.
More than 135 local government areas across New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania have suffered flooding in recent months. It has devastated communities, the environment and infrastructure and harmed the mental and physical health of many Australians.
This funding includes:
- $4 million to help First Nations communities hardest hit by flooding provide much-needed mental health support, including trauma counseling and healing support, provided by local community-controlled organizations ;
- $1.5 million for Local Wellness and Resilience Grants to help communities recover, which will be deployed by local Primary Health Networks (RPHs);
- $1.2 million to improve local disaster coordination by HLPs, and;
- $300,000 to create and translate communication materials for culturally and linguistically diverse communities so they know what help and support is available.
When the immediate danger of flooding has passed, the retained water can pose additional problems for communities, including an increased risk of mosquito-borne diseases.
Avoiding getting bitten is of paramount importance over the next few months to limit the risk of infection from dangerous mosquito-borne diseases that may be present, such as Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) and Murray Valley encephalitis.
Funding was provided to improve awareness of the risk of JEV and other mosquito-borne viruses and how to protect themselves, and to improve future nationwide outbreak preparedness, including:
- $1.7 million to immediately improve existing communications about the risk of mosquito-borne viruses and the importance of bite avoidance measures to prevent infection, and
- $1 million to support national coherence of mosquito management and control activities and improve understanding of risk patterns and areas where JEV may be present, which will ensure Australia can respond effectively to future outbreaks, including those caused by natural disasters such as floods.
Contact your local public health authority to find out if you should be vaccinated against JEV.
This program builds on Australian Government funding of $13.1 million announced in August 2022 and $31.2 million in March 2022 to provide mental health support in parts of New South Wales and Queensland hit by flooding earlier this year. This funding also complements state response activities in flood-affected areas.
Anyone in distress can also seek immediate help via Lifeline (13 11 14), Kids Helpline (1800 55 1800) or head to www.headtohealth.gov.au or call Head to Health (1800 595 212).
Quotes attributable to Acting Prime Minister Marles:
“As flood waters continue to rise, it is clear that the impacts of these events will be felt for years to come.
“The Albanian government is committed to providing long-term assistance to these communities, including mental health support.”
Quotes attributable to Minister Butler:
“Mental health is a top priority for the Albanian government, and we know the floods in southeastern Australia are putting enormous pressure on individuals and communities.
“Our funding will help ensure that those affected by the floods can access help and support, and that help is there throughout their recovery.
“We also want Australians living and traveling in flooded areas to understand the risk of mosquito-borne disease, especially as current La Nina conditions are likely to bring continued rains and the ideal conditions for the number of mosquitoes increases dramatically.
Quotes attributable to Minister Watt:
“These floods have been widespread and this aid will go a long way to supporting the mental and physical health of affected communities in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.
“Natural disasters and the subsequent recovery process impact people in a variety of ways, and we are committed to ensuring that help is available.
“This support is in addition to the financial support already provided by the Albanian government to help flood-affected areas recover, and we will continue to work with state governments to ensure communities have what they need. “
Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister McBride:
“Cumulative natural disasters like floods are traumatic and have a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
“That’s why the Albanian government is providing funds to help communities respond to the floods in the way that best meets their needs, whether it’s mental health trainings for community organizations or social events. such as barbecues or community picnics, which help bring people together.
“We want to make sure all Australians have access to the care and support they need, when they need it.”