Australians are facing greater challenges from more frequent and severe natural disasters because of climate change.
The intangible costs of long-term drought
While climate change adaptation efforts regularly address economic, infrastructure and technological solutions, the social and psychological impacts can be overlooked.
Through the BHP Billiton Foundation, Australian Red Cross has received funding to help drought affected individuals and communities manage the psychosocial impacts of drought, build capacity of local agencies and advocate for improved policy and practice as communities adapt to a changing climate.
Right now, Drought Resilience Coordinators are being appointed to lead the program in NSW, SA and Victoria, and are working with local leaders, existing service-providers and community participants to understand the wellbeing and psychosocial needs of people in drought-affected regions.
If you wish to know more about the program, or are a local service-provider who wishes to engage with the program roll-out, please use the form below to share your questions, ideas or ask for a Drought Resilience Coordinator to make further contact.