GP counts the cost of deadly bushfire

Dr Michael de Vries, based in the Blue Mountains town of Winmalee, told MO his practice counted 50 families who lost their homes as ferocious fires tore through the area last month.

While the physical trauma was mostly limited to smoke inhalation and minor injuries, the emotional trauma of losing a home or watching anothers’ loss was more difficult to assess.

“It was quite traumatic for a lot of people,” said Dr de Vries, whose property was badly burned although