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The program is delivered by telephone and consists of four to six one-hour weekly sessions. It can be tailored to meet the needs of individual families with additional sessions as required.

Topics covered include:

  • Managing loss and trauma
  • Identifying your reactions and reactions in children
  • Coping with grief and helping children cope with grief
  • Tuning in to children’s emotions and emotion coaching
  • Managing behaviours
  • Identifying triggers and high-risk times
  • Building resilience
  • Seeking more help

Community information session

We also offer a free two-hour information session for communities who have experienced the trauma of bushfires, to introduce the key concepts of our Parenting after Bushfires program.

The session will cover:

  • Impact of trauma on families
  • Responding to children’s emotions
  • Managing behaviour
  • Building resilience
  • Managing triggers and high-risk situations

This is a service funded by the Primary Health Network (a grouping of regional health care providers funded by the Victorian Government) and Bushfire Recovery Victoria to support children, families, and communities affected by bushfires.


Available to parents, families and carers who live in Victoria.

This is a free service delivered by phone.

For more information or to enrol, contact the Positive Parenting Telephone Service at Gateway Health on 1800 880 660.

Last Update: July 29th, 2021