14 December 2022

Media release: Support available for first responders after Queensland tragedy 

Fortem Australia is reminding the first responder community that support is available for those dealing with the trauma of the recent tragedy in Queensland. 

Incidents like this have far reaching effects among the first responder community, and it is important that those who need support reach out. 

We know that the Queensland Police Service and the families of the victims will be in shock. The devastation of this loss will have long-term ramifications for those that serve and have served.  

Incidents like this highlight the real dangers that face law enforcement every day.  

Fortem’s support for QPS members and their families has been a significant part of our work since day one. Our services are available to those who need them as this loss will reverberate across the force. 

Fortem Australia Managing Director and Co-Founder John Bale said the tragedy is a reminder of why we support those that give so much to our communities, including the ultimate sacrifice. 

“Tragic incidents like these affect people in different ways and it is important to remind first responders and their families that there are free services available to them to help them deal with the impact,” said Mr Bale. 

“Our clinical services exist to support you through these traumatic events. All Fortem psychologists are highly experienced in the challenges and traumas faced by first responders and their families. The impacts of these can be subtle or obvious, and arise for everyone in different ways, at different times. 

“We offer our sincere condolences and support to the entire first responder community in this deeply troubling time.” 

Click here to see the interview with John Bale.

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