Who we are
Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit independent organisation that has been established to improve the health and wellbeing of those who safeguard our nation’s security, investigate and prevent crime and operate at the front-line of Australia’s disaster, accident and emergency responses.
Fortem Australia will initially support the national security and law enforcement communities of Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney as part of a two year pilot program funded by the Department of Home Affairs. Services will be rolled out to Australia’s emergency service and first responder communities as funding permits.
Fortem will adopt a phased approach to expand its services in a sustainable and scalable manner, ensuring the longevity of the program and its ability to provide effective support.
Fortem Australia is an evidence-based community support organisation that will provide Australia’s national security officials and first responders (working as employees or volunteers) with comprehensive and integrated mental wellbeing support via
- Social connection activities with emphasis on peer networks and support;
- Family programs accessible to parents, partners, siblings and children;
- Mental health support, awareness and education programs; and
- Collective advocacy for health and wellbeing.