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Language, loss and time: 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria

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posted on 2019-03-14, 04:20 authored by MAE AMBER PROUDLEY
This narrative inquiry has grappled with loss and grief in the wake of the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria. Primary material obtained from men and women of the Latrobe Valley revealed the fragilities of home and the complexities of both negative and positive emotions associated with re-establishing intimate domestic spaces. This research has explored the complicated ‘emotional work’ and the sometimes difficult decision-making triggered by sudden and profound loss. It suggests that failing to acknowledge or validate the less apparent losses can confuse or prolong the processing of grief that fire-affected people contend with in the aftermath of bushfire.


Principal supervisor

Fiona Mcdermott

Additional supervisor 1

Margaret Alston

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Primary and Allied Health Care

Additional Institution or Organisation

Department of Social Work

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences