Australian bushfires

MIGA support for Healthcare Companies

16 January 2020

We are shocked and saddened by the devastating bushfires that have caused so much loss of human life, livestock, pets, bushland, wildlife and property across Australia. 

We recognise the huge disruption and loss they are creating in people’s lives, to their wellbeing and livelihood and to our communities, particularly in close-knit rural areas where the effects will be felt well into the future.
Our thoughts are with those who have lost homes and businesses, and particularly with those who have lost loved ones or who are injured.  We acknowledge the bravery of the fire and emergency services fighting the fires in horrendous conditions, and the tireless work of volunteers, communities and the defence forces in providing shelter and relief work to those impacted.

Following is a summary of information and resources which may assist your practice and its employees helping those who have been affected by the national bushfire crisis. Be reassured there are many groups rallying around to ensure that anyone affected has access to physical and mental health care, financial assistance and infrastructure support.
So, whether you have experienced personal loss or work in a community that has suffered loss as a result of the fires, here is some guidance on where to get help.

This is a national summary from the Federal Government. It refers to issues such as lost Medicare cards, accessing medication without a prescription, counselling services and impact on health due to smoke.
The Australian Government has also announced a mental health package providing for immediate, short term and medium term mental health support for individuals, families and communities, impacted by the ongoing bushfire crisis.
There is a significant amount of support and resources available for doctors who are either impacted by what has happened, are dealing with increased need for help from patients and/or want to be part of the volunteer efforts to support their communities.
MIGA has provided a range of information about resources and support for doctors which can be accessed here. You may find this helpful to distribute to the doctors who work with you.
The following support services are also available you can use these to refer your clients to or anyone you know of who needs help:
If your business is in an affected area it’s important to protect your own mental health and be aware of those you work with. Beyond Blue has some great resources for you and your staff. If your business has been affected by the bushfire crisis, you may be eligible for financial grants, loans and other assistance from your state and federal governments. Information is available here: You and your staff may also find these valuable:
One of the best ways to help affected communities is by donating to the following official disaster funds: 
We are here to support and advise you for matters to do with your provision of healthcare services and medical indemnity, including for emergencies at any time. Please call MIGA on 1800 777 156 if we can help in any way.

Best wishes

Mandy Anderson
CEO & Managing Director

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