Have you or someone you know been emotionally impacted by bushfires, drought or COVID-19?

This trial explores the best ways of helping people to deal with the emotional impact of disasters and other major events through access to a free 5-week program promoting wellbeing and recovery for regional and rural Victorians. Your involvement will help us to better understand the types of resources that should be offered to people and communities to support recovery.

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Who is it for?

Are you, or someone you know: 


  • stressed, worried, sad, or irritable?
  • finding it hard to stay on top of your responsibilities?
  • finding it hard to think or talk about things that have happened recently, including bushfires, drought and COVID-19?
  • tired or low in energy?
  • finding it hard to keep your emotions in check?


Am I eligible for the Promoting Resilience & Recovery trial?

To be eligible for the Promoting Resilience & Recovery Trial, the following criteria need to be met:*.


  • are aged 18 years and over
  • reside in a disaster affected rural or regional community in Victoria
  • have been substantially impacted by disasters including drought, bushfires and/or COVID-19
  • are willing to take part in a 5-week program involving either one-on-one sessions with a coach or a self-directed program.


*Other inclusion and exclusion criteria apply, which will be advised upon contact and further assessed during an intake process to confirm eligibility.


What will the Promoting Resilience & Recovery trial involve?

Eligible participants will take part in a 5-week program intended to teach skills that promote wellbeing and recovery.


The program is available as:


1. Five one-on-one sessions with a trained coach via telehealth (videoconferencing) or face-to-face




2. Online with resources sent via email each week for 5 weeks, as part of a self-directed program.


Participants will be randomly allocated to a program. 


For more information about the trial including possible benefits and risks to participation please read our Plain Language Statement.


How do I refer a client to the Promoting Resilience & Recovery trial?

Referrers are welcome to contact us if they would like to refer a client.


For additional details on how referrers can support their clients access the Promoting Resilience & Recovery trial at the Phoenix Australia Traumatic Stress Clinic, please read the Frequently Asked Questions document.


Who is conducting the Promoting Resilience & Recovery trial?

The research project is being conducted by a research team at Phoenix Australia which is led by Professor Meaghan O’Donnell. Phoenix Australia is Australia’s national center of excellence in posttraumatic mental health and is located at The University of Melbourne (www.phoenixaustralia.org). 


The project is being supported by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network (MHPN), which aims to improve mental health practice and collaborative care within Australia, and supports mental health practitioners through local networks and online professional development programs (www.mhpn.org.au). 


The research has been funded by the State Trustees Australia Foundation, which is a philanthropic and charitable giving service that aims to create positive change in the lives of vulnerable community members, and also supports regional communities in Victoria (https://www.statetrustees.com.au/philanthropy-and-charitable-giving).


We obtained leverage funding from the Victorian Government (formerly DHHS) to expand the SOLAR training for Coaches. The expansion includes: COVID-appropriate delivery of training which included the development of a streamlined online and virtually-delivered  program, an increase in the number of training sessions delivered, and the recruitment and training of coaches from more bushfire impacted regions in rural Victoria.


I am interested in this trial, how do I get in touch?

If you are interested in the Promoting Resilience & Recovery Trial, and would like to know more or get involved, please contact the research team on: 1800 943 477 or register your interest below.

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