Figure 4.1 Marise Wilson, Acting Coordinator of the Community Mental Health Team, is reflected in the polished stone surface of the memorial plaque erected in the Memorial Garden adjacent to the scene of the Kempsey Bus Disaster. (Personal photo of the author.)

Chapter 4

The Kempsey Bus Disaster: The Effects on Australian Community Rescuers

Rod Watts and Marise Wilson

Australia has not escaped disasters. The Granville Rail Crash, which had a death toll of 83, was the first to systematically provide psychological first aid alongside rescue, retrieval, and acute medical treatment (Raphael, 1979/1980). Other disasters include the Ash Wednesday Bush ...

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