10 March 2023

Media release: Fortem launches in Perth to support first responders in WA

Fortem Australia has formally launched its services for more than 50,000 first responders across the Western Australian region.

The launch for Fortem was held at Surfing WA in Perth with Fortem Australia already recruiting Community Engagement Coordinators, a Career Management Specialist, a Relationship Manager plus Psychologist contractor to support the mental health and wellbeing of first responders and their families.

“First responders are always there when we need them, often putting others before themselves in the toughest of circumstances,” said Fortem Australia Managing Director John Bale.

“What is often overlooked with their selflessness and bravery is that they are human just like the rest of us and sometimes require support to help them continue to do their important work.

“Thanks to the funding from the Albanese Government that was confirmed late last year, we will continue to build on the work that we have already done; that our successful programs are rolled out to more parts of the country; and support more of the brave men and women who support us on a daily basis.

Fortem Australia provides free evidence based mental health and wellbeing support to the first responder community. The programs include wellbeing activities, psychology support, career management services and mental health resources; all designed specifically for first responders and their families. The aim is to promote resilience in individuals, family units and work teams as well as provide support when and where it’s needed.

“I’m very excited to be able to enhance our service provision in Perth with boots on the ground and it is particularly exciting to be launching alongside the opening of Bethesda clinic,” said Jae Lee, General Manager of Service Delivery.

“Together we can be available to first responders in WA throughout the continuum of care from health promotion, prevention, intervention, recovery and beyond.”

Support is available for first responders who work or volunteer with organisations including the WA Police Force, Department of Fire and Emergency Services and St John Ambulance Australia (WA) Inc, and their immediate family members. Wellbeing activities are also available to Border Force and the Federal Police.

Media contact: Rick Lenarcic M 0419 283 104 E media@fortemaustralia.org.au