Meet our Bushfire Recovery Coordinator
February 24, 2020
Trevor Stephens recently commenced as our PHN Bushfire Recovery Coordinator in response to the bushfire crisis late last year that impacted our communities.
Through funding from the Australian Government Supporting the Mental Health of Australians Affected by Bushfire measure, Trevor is available to work closely with communities, rural fire services, local and state governments to identify mental health needs and improve referrals to services and other important supports that are available to individuals affected by the bushfires.
Can you tell us a little bit about your role as our Bushfire Recovery Coordinator for the Darling Downs and West Moreton region?
I am excited about my new role here at the PHN. I will be the single point of contact for communities who have been affected by the bushfires. I will also be responsible for communicating available mental health support services that can be accessed.
As the link between local communities and the PHN, I will also be assisting with communities applying for grants to aid in their recovery process. Bushfire Recovery Community Grants will be targeted toward activities which address any trauma, intrusive thoughts, feelings or uncharacteristic behaviours resulting from the bushfires. The Grants are a helpful tool to build social connectedness and address isolation within the bushfire affected rural communities.
Can you tell us a little bit about your professional background?
I was born in rural North Queensland and I served for 38 years with the Queensland police service where I specialised in rural investigation. I am also trained in disaster management and was involved in managing major incidents throughout my career.
I retired from Queensland Police Service in February 2019 and I am looking forward to continuing to help rural communities in my new role.
Who needs to be involved in the bushfire recovery and what support do you think our communities need?
We need to let those who have been affected by bushfires know that we care, and we need to be there to help as best we can. There are initiatives that have been implemented that are there to help. We need to continue to support communities to build resilience while they are recovering.