15 June 2023

Media release: Fortem Australia launches in Townsville, supporting first responders in Northern Queensland

Fortem Australia joined forces with Triple M Radio and the local community on Wednesday June 7, to express gratitude towards Townsville’s first responders.

Thank a First Responder Day recognises the invaluable contributions of over 370,000 first responders and national security personnel who tirelessly protect their communities throughout Australia.

Led by Fortem Australia, a national charity providing evidence-informed mental health and wellbeing services to first responders and their families year-round, this initiative is in its fourth year.

On this day, and through support from both the former Morrison Government and the current Albanese Government, Fortem Australia has officially launched its specialised services in the Townsville region. This expansion aligns with Fortem Australia’s broader regional efforts across the country, ensuring support is provided where it is needed most.

Townsville’s essential first responders provide critical assistance during times of dire need, often facing danger, trauma, and tragedy on a daily basis. This demanding role often comes at a personal cost, with many deeply affected by their work and the challenging environments they operate in.

“Our first responders are always there when we need them, often putting others before themselves in the toughest of circumstances,” said John Bale, Managing Director of Fortem Australia. “Amidst their selflessness and bravery, we must not overlook the fact that they are humans who may require assistance to continue their vital work.”

Fortem Australia remains dedicated to providing support, enabling first responders to maintain their wellbeing while putting their lives on the line for others. Fortem Australia’s programs encompass various activities promoting wellbeing, psychological support, career management solutions, and mental health resources. Fortem aims to enhance resilience in individuals, families, and work teams, offering services precisely when and where they are needed.

Support is available to Townsville first responders and their immediate family members working or volunteering in Queensland Police Service, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, and Queensland State Emergency Service. Wellbeing activities are also accessible to North Queensland members of the Australian Border Force and Australian Federal Police.

Media contact: Ashlee Kate Robertson e, media@fortemaustralia.org.au