Black Saturday: the immediate impact of the February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, Australia

Peter A Cameron, Biswadev Mitra, Mark Fitzgerald, Carlos D Scheinkestel, Andrew Stripp, Chris Batey, Louise Niggemeyer, Melinda Truesdale, Paul Holman, Rishi Mehra, Jason Wasiak and Heather Cleland
Med J Aust 2009; 191 (1): 11-16.
  • Peter A Cameron1
  • Biswadev Mitra1,2
  • Mark Fitzgerald2
  • Carlos D Scheinkestel2
  • Andrew Stripp2
  • Chris Batey2
  • Louise Niggemeyer2
  • Melinda Truesdale3
  • Paul Holman4
  • Rishi Mehra2
  • Jason Wasiak2
  • Heather Cleland2

  • 1 Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 3 Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 4 Specialist Emergency Response Department, Ambulance Victoria, Melbourne, VIC.


We would like to thank the following people for their assistance in data collection: Steve White, The Alfred Trauma Registry; Graham Bushnell, The Alfred Clinical Performance Unit; Helen Stergiou, The Northern Hospital; Peter Archer, Maroondah Hospital; Sol Zalstein, Bendigo Health Service; Donna Gilmore, The Austin Hospital; Simon Young and Peter Barnett, the Royal Children’s Hospital; Alastair Meyer, Casey Hospital; and George Braitberg, Southern Health. We would also like to acknowledge all the volunteers and paramedical, medical, nursing and support staff who contributed to care of bushfire victims. Peter Cameron and Biswadev Mitra are supported by grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Competing interests:

None identified.

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