Mr Dutton today launched a new organisation Fortem Australia. It has been formed by the co-founders of Soldier On John Bale and Dr Danielle Clout to do for law enforcement and emergency service workers what Soldier On has done for defence personnel.
Fortem will be a specialised, community-based organisation focussed on the health and wellbeing of frontline workers who deal with confronting situations in their daily work-life.
“Police, fire and ambulance officers, paramedics and volunteers in organisations like the SES that have to deal firsthand with the accidents, crime and crisis incidents on a daily basis. It can take a toll,” Mr Dutton said.
“They are there 24/7 working to help and keep us as individuals and a community safe. We rely on them.
“We must do all we can to help them in their jobs, and importantly, to lead happy and healthy lives.”