For simply doing their job, for protecting, defending and caring for their community, no first responder or their family members, should have their mental health and wellbeing negatively impacted.

Fortem provides evidence-based, comprehensive and integrated wellbeing support to first responder families.


To attend Fortem programs, you or your immediate family must be currently working or volunteering with one of the following organisations:

  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Fire & Rescue agencies including RFS, and CFA
  • Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA)
  • Marine Rescue
  • Police,
  • Ambulance organisations,
  • ESTA 000
  • Australian Federal Police
  • Australian Border Force
  • Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade
  • Attorney General’s Department
  • Department of Home Affairs.

Fortem also supports those Emergency Responders involved in the Black Summer bushfires who are no longer serving. 

Please note that Psychology Support is available for those first responder families listed above who were involved in the Black Summer bushfires. Further support for others will be added as funding permits.

Fortem Australia supports those who protect and defend our community in a national security and first responder capacity.  At this time we are unable to extend this support to those in corrections, surf life saving, doctors or nurses not employed by an ambulance service, animal welfare, foster carers, Red Cross, Salvation Army employees or volunteers.s


We are currently offering services in regional towns and cities along the east coast of Australia. Virtual activities are also available to eligible first responder families Australia-wide.