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Australian Red Cross webinars for drought-affected communities

By Country News

Australian Red Cross is launching a five-part, fortnightly series of free webinars that will explore how to maintain community wellbeing through drought.

Starting on Wednesday, June 17 and continuing every two weeks, the webinars will host speakers with expertise in psychology, wellbeing, climate, rural social issues, gender and disasters, children’s mental health and agribusiness.

The speakers will share their insights and answer questions, so drought-affected Australians can better support their communities, themselves and their loved ones.

Australian Red Cross Drought Resilience Program national co-ordinator Alex Tanfield said over the past few years, Australia had experienced some of its driest periods on record.

“Drought is becoming increasingly prolonged and protracted, impacting many communities over the long term,” Ms Tanfield said.

“We recognise that people who have been living through dry times know what they need, and how best to manage their wellbeing.

“This webinar series is part of a broader program that offers communities tools and support to do just that.”

Ms Tanfield said people would be able to ask questions when they register for the sessions.

“Each free webinar is limited to 500 participants, so we encourage people to register early.

“Recordings will also be available on the Australian Red Cross Drought Program web page after each webinar.”

The Tune In and Tune Up webinar schedule includes:

Maintaining wellbeing through drought and prolonged stress on Wednesday, June 17 from 10 am to 11 am.

The drought cycle; adaptation and strengthening resilience on Wednesday, July 1 from 10 am to 11 am.

Wellbeing after the rains on Wednesday, July 15 from 10 am to 11.15 am.

Family wellbeing in the face of ongoing stress on Wednesday, July 29 from 10 am to 11.15 am.

Preparing for tough times on Wednesday, August 12 from 10 am to 11.15 am.

For more information, visit the Australian Red Cross website: www.redcross.org.au/get-help/emergencies/recovering-from-emergencies/drought-resilience-program#Webinar