Emergency Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Aussies’ resilience takes significant hit from COVID-19 and natural disasters

Australians have had a lot on their plates since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the country. With bushfires, floods, and other natural disasters devastating different areas in the country amid the pandemic, no wonder Australians’ resilience has taken a big tumble over the past year, according to global resilience training group Driven’s latest report.

“…only 9% of Australians have a level of resilience that is considered “protective” against anxiety and depression…”

National Resilience Index Report

The report – called National Resilience Index, Australia 2021 – explored the impact of national events on Australia’s national mental health and wellbeing. It also analysed how Australia’s resilience fared compared to other countries over the same period…READ ON

The National Audit Office said that poor planning for the pandemic showed that national resilience needed to improve
TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE

Emergency Resilience in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Emergencies and disasters are an integral part of life in Australia. Bushfires, cyclones, floods, droughts, pandemics, industrial accidents or terrorist attacks can happen at any time and affect anyone.

They can damage property and infrastructure, disrupt routines, cause injury or death, and bring long-lasting  physical, psychological and financial consequences for those affected. With climate change predicted to increase the frequency and intensity of disasters, understanding what makes individuals and communities resilient or vulnerable to disruptive events has never been so important…READ ON

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