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Media release: Fortem Australia to support more first responders across the country

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Fortem Australia will soon expand its services and provide support to more first responders across the nation.

At a launch today, Fortem Australia Managing Director and Co-Founder John Bale confirmed the ‘National Health and Wellbeing program’ will be rolled out across Australia and reiterated the importance of supporting first responders and their families throughout the country. 

“Expanding our reach beyond Australia’s eastern states and delivering more free evidence-based mental fitness and wellbeing support to first responders and their families is vital,” said Mr Bale. 

This expansion will increase our presence and footprint across the country and more than double the size of our national team to 80. 

“Fortem Australia has been preparing to expand its service delivery from 8 locations to 19 across the country.  

“We currently offer on-the-ground services in towns and cities along the east coast of Australia – covering communities around Melbourne, Gippsland, South East NSW, Canberra, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Sydney, Newcastle, NSW Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, South East Queensland, and Brisbane.  

“As part of the expansion, team members will be recruited in Darwin, Perth, Townsville, the Sunshine Coast, Newcastle, Launceston, Adelaide, Nowra, Ballina, Dubbo and Albury with the majority starting over the coming weeks and months. 

“We were established after the devastating Black Summer bushfires in 2019/20, which left physical and mental scars on communities across the country’s south-eastern regions.  

“As we have seen three years on, these kinds of intense natural disasters linked to climate change will continue, and with them the traumatic events that our brave first responders must deal with in the line of duty.

“Events like the floods seen in Northern New South Wales in recent months show the impacts these natural disasters have in the short term, but also in the aftermath of continuous events. This has been highlighted in recent research on PTSD, long-term effects, and spillover stress on to the families of first responders.” 

“Over the last 3 years, we have had over 18,000 wellbeing activity registrations, provided more than 2,850 counselling sessions, and created a large library of resource materials for first responders and their families that have been downloaded more than 4,000 times.  

“Our social media presence and growth has also shown a huge uplift in family members, colleagues and friends wanting to participate and understand more about what Fortem Australia can provide to support our first responders in need. 

“Fortem Australia has also been successful in assisting many first responders who are seeking to leave their current employment, enabling a smooth, supported transition into the next meaningful chapter of their lives. 

“Services like ours do not come without a cost, and we look forward to continuing discussions with all levels of Government to ensure that they can support us to continue supporting the brave men and women who do so much for communities across Australia.” 

Fortem Australia’s next launch will be Darwin over the coming weeks, where two employees will provide wellbeing and community engagement programs in the Northern Territory. 

 

Media contact: Simon Anderson, M – 0448 601 391 E – media@dev.fortemaustralia.org.au

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