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Natural disaster resources

The department is committed to supporting Queenslanders affected by natural disasters and provides range of resources to support students, staff and parents.

The department has liaised with national experts such as Professor Brett McDermott, Dr Rob Gordon, a clinical psychologist with many years experience in advising the Red Cross and governments on disaster related matters, and leading child and adolescent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

Visit the department's natural disasters page for more information on natural disasters and closed educational facilities.

Schools and parents should note that absences recorded as a result of an extreme weather event or natural disaster Microsoft® Word document384K are not counted on a student's report card nor in the school's absence data.

Resources for teachers

Following natural disasters there are some key messages that staff need to keep in mind when schools prepare for students to return to school.

Departmental fact sheet - Supporting students following floods Adobe PDF document 66K to help staff support students as they return to school following a flood situation.

Australian Red Cross and the Australian Psychological Society have developed Psychological First Aid Adobe PDF document External Link, which provides information about best practice following disasters and traumatic events.

The Australian Psychological Society has developed Psychological assistance with natural disasters, a resource that provides information and tips for responding to natural disasters.

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Resources for parents

Children can be particularly affected by disaster but there are several things parents and caregivers can do to reduce their child's fears and help them move on.

Looking After Yourself and Your Family After a Disaster Adobe PDF document External Link is a resource developed by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement, Australian Red Cross, and beyondblue. The resource is for adults containing information, practical advice, acticities and support contacts to assist after a disaster.

The Queensland Government have developed Coping in a Crisis External Link, which may assist in understanding and supporting social and emotional recovery. Topics include:

There are several other fact sheets and websites that provide useful strategies:

Departmental fact sheet - Parenting strategies for children affected by natural disasters Adobe PDF document 60K

Departmental fact sheet - Emotional responses by children affected by natural disasters Adobe PDF document 60K

The Australian Psychological Society have developed some guidelines for parents looking after children who have been affected by floods Adobe PDF document External Link.

Information and self-help booklet produced by beyondblue, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Australian Red Cross and the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement.

The YourKidsEd website External Link has added useful links designed to help families assist children who have been affected by natural disasters.

Metro South Addiction and Mental Health Services have compiled the factsheet Coping with a disaster: information for times of stress Adobe PDF document External Link.

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Preparing for dangerous weather - Helping kids feel safe

A numberof resources provide important tips for young people and parents to provide information and support during the dangerous weather season. With the dangerous weather season upon us, this timely information can help with children's anxiety about the weather and the upcoming anniversaries.

Preparing for dangerous weather - Helping kids feel safe: Translated versions

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Vodcasts

Professor Brett McDermott presents a series of vodcasts to assist school communities in preparing for the wet season over the summer period. These vodcasts cover emotional preparation for dangerous weather, providing emotional support following a natural disaster, dealing with emotions over anniversaries and how to get help.

Professor Brett McDermott is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. He is the Executive Director of the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service, a Director of Beyondblue: the national depression initiative, a Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, and is a member of the Australian National Mental Health Disaster Response Committee. Professor McDermott is an expert in emotional trauma in children following large scale disasters.

Preparing for an upcoming wet season - Emotional Support

Title:1. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - Introduction Duration: 00:00:34
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Title: 2. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - What are some common reactions students might experience to the upcoming wet season? Duration: 00:02:25
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Title: 3. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - What are the common emotional reactions students might experience to the upcoming anniversaries? Duration: 00:01:37
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Title: 4. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - How can teachers look after themselves following this difficult year?
Duration: 00:06:59
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Title: 5. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - Will kids have difficulties heading back to school next year? Duration: 00:03:37
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Title: 6. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - How do parents prepare kids for school next year? Duration: 00:02:08
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Title: 7. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - Is it too late for students to get help? Duration: 00:01:16
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Title: 8. Preparing for the upcoming wet season - Where can I get help? Duration: 00:02:17
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Emotional support following a natural disaster

The vodcasts cover a range of issues and provide answers to some of the commonly asked questions.

Title: 1. Provide a brief state-wide picture of possible reactions to the flood crisis Duration: 00:01:25
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Title: 2. What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? Duration: 00:02:23
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Title: 3. What do we do when school commences? Duration: 00:04:10
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Title: 4. How should we as adults act and what can we say? Duration: 00:03:11
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Title: 5. What are the stages of post trauma? Duration: 00:07:34
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Title: 6. To what degree does media coverage impact on students? Can students not directly affected be traumatised?
Duration: 00:03:05
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Title: 7. How do we get the students back into learning? Duration: 00:03:11
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Title: 8. How do we manage students who have been temporarily relocated to our school? Duration: 00:02:54
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Title: 9. What should teachers do to look after their own wellbeing? Duration: 00:03:35
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Title: 10. Are there any particular key messages for support staff? Duration: 00:02:48
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Title: 11. What are some key messages for parents? Duration: 00:02:45
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Here is the catalogue version of all the clips.

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Australian Red Cross

An online suite of multimedia resources to support young people - podcasts, videos, and links to resources.

After the Emergency: website External Link

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Queensland Health

Queensland Health has developed a website with practical advice External Link for preparing and managing during natural disasters.

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Childhood Trauma Reactions: A guide for teachers from preschool to Year 12: Train the trainer materials

This package has been developed as a part of the Queensland Mental Health Natural Disaster Recovery Plan 2011-2013. The department worked with the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine (CONROD) to support their resource implementation for the benefit of school staff to assist teachers to respond appropriately to children who have experienced traumatic events. These materials remain the intellectual property of the authors. This has been made available for the purpose of training of staff in schools.

They are best used in conjunction with a training program delivered by trained staff, ideally a mental health professional and a teacher.

The resources are available to download but they remain the intellectual property of the University of Queensland and therefore must not be used for commercial purposes without express permission of the authors.

Please direct any questions concerning these materials and their use to J Kenardy.

Child Trauma Handbook: This is the primary source for the training and serves as a reference for all information Adobe PDF document2.6M.

Tip sheets

These are topic specific tipsheets that summarise the content in the training and the Handbook.

How teachers can help in the classroom Adobe PDF document443K
How and when to get help Adobe PDF document295K
Preschool aged children Adobe PDF document443K
Primary school students Adobe PDF document466K
Teacher self-care Adobe PDF document379K
Early teens and adolescents Adobe PDF document532K

Presentation

This is a copy of the actual presentation for reference Adobe PDF document799K

Self-care

This is a blank form of the Selfcare plan Microsoft® Word document 34K

Within the training video vodcasts were presented (Vodcast 2: What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Vodcast 4: how should we as adults act and what can we say?). Brett McDermott discusses responses by teachers to school age children following trauma. These are located above.

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This page was last reviewed on 27 Feb 2015

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