Information for Australians who are returning from disaster affected areas

20 December 2019

If you are returning from a country that has been affected by disaster, you may have sustained injury or experienced situations that were distressing or emotionally challenging.

People can react in a variety of ways to these experiences. It is not uncommon to have trouble adjusting and/or feel unsafe after a traumatic event.

You may have some sleep disturbance, fear or anxiety. It is important to understand that you are not alone and that many other people will have similar feelings, or responses.

The response to a trauma may be experienced immediately after the event or sometime much later.

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