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Michelle Edgar

Meet the Team: Michelle Edgar

Michelle Edgar has served in the NSW Police Force for 27 years and is now Director of Career Management at Fortem Australia, working with a dedicated team who provide 1:1 career support to first responders.

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Post Traumatic Growth

Exposure to trauma, tragedy and the dark side of human nature can challenge what you believe about the word and yourself. Confronting a traumatic event and trying to make sense of it can therefore lead to powerful shifts in thinking.  

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Ambulance

Traumatic loss

Traumatic loss refers to the sudden, unexpected, and often violent loss of life under traumatic circumstances that are experienced as tragic, horrifying, and senseless. This is commonly experienced by first responders.

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Paramedic

Moral injury

First responders may experience moral injury, a psychological, social and spiritual wounding that can occur in high-stakes situations that deeply challenge the integrity of personal values, expectations, and social norms. 

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Firefighter

Cumulative trauma

First responders are often exposed to repeated and prolonged trauma which can lead to cumulative trauma. The effects of this can be so slow and subtle that they don’t immediately show up on your radar.

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Vicarious Trauma

Vicarious trauma

The second article in our clinical team’s trauma series is on vicarious trauma; the exposure to trauma experienced by others, which can lead to mental health outcomes like anxiety, depression and PTSD.

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