11 November 2022

Media release: Fortem Australia welcomes funding announcement from Albanese Government

Fortem Australia is welcoming an announcement of $10 million in funding from the Albanese Government to allow the not-for-profit organisation to continue supporting first responders across the country.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced today that Fortem will receive $10 million upfront over one year.

This funding will allow Fortem to address a growing waitlist of first responders who are seeking clinical support to address mental health problems as natural disasters continue to affect many parts of the country.

It will also ensure Fortem can expand its community engagement services on the ground in more locations across regional Australia, providing targeted support and resources for first responders and their families in regions where there is a distinct need.

Fortem Australia Co-Founder and Managing Director John Bale said it was encouraging to see the Albanese Government supporting the nation’s first responders.

“These men and women across Australia are always there for us when we need them and have been going above and beyond during floods, fires and COVID over the last few years,” said Mr Bale.

“We know what we do at Fortem works. Our independent and specialised services ensure there is mental health support available not only for first responders but also their families when they need it.

“We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement today and look forward to undergoing the tender process in the future to ensure that the Federal Government can continue to help Fortem to continue our important work supporting the brave.”

Click here to see the interview with John Bale.

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