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WHO WE SERVE

For simply doing their jobs – for protecting and caring for our community – first responders and their families/inner circle should not have their mental health and wellbeing negatively impacted.

But we know that that is not always the case.

Fortem provides evidence-based, comprehensive and integrated wellbeing support to first responders and their families/inner circle.

ACCESSING OUR SERVICES

WELLBEING ACTIVITIES

To access any event on the Fortem Wellbeing Activities Calendar, you or a member of your family/inner circle must be currently working or volunteering  with one of the following first responder agencies:

State/territory based law enforcement agencies

  • ACT Policing
  • NSW Police Force
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Victoria Police

State/territory based first responder agencies

ACT
  • Ambulance
  • Emergency Services Agency (ESA ACT)
  • Enabling Services
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Rural Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service
NSW
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Marine Rescue
  • Rural Fire Service (RFS)
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA)
QLD
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire and Emergency Service
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rural Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service
VIC
  • Ambulance
  • ESTA 000
  • Fire Rescue
  • Forest Fire Management
  • Marine Search and Rescue
  • State Emergency Service

CLINICAL SUPPORT SERVICES

To access Fortem’s Clinical Support Services, you or a member of your family/inner circle must be currently working or volunteering with one of the below organisations.

Our Clinical Support Services are also available to you or your family if you were involved in the Black Summer 2019-20 bushfire season through one of the following first responder organisations:

State/territory based law enforcement agencies

  • ACT Policing
  • NSW Police Force
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Victoria Police

State/territory based first responder agencies

ACT
  • Ambulance
  • Emergency Services Agency (ESA ACT)
  • Enabling Services
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Rural Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service
NSW
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Marine Rescue
  • Rural Fire Service (RFS)
  • State Emergency Service (SES)
  • Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA)
QLD
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire and Emergency Service
  • Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rural Fire Service
  • State Emergency Service
VIC
  • Ambulance
  • ESTA 000
  • Fire Rescue
  • Forest Fire Management
  • Marine Search and Rescue
  • State Emergency Service

Fortem Australia serves those who protect and care for our community.  However, at this time, we are unable to extend our services to those who work in corrective services, mortuary service, surf life saving, or animal welfare, or to doctors or nurses not employed by an ambulance service, foster carers, Red Cross or Salvation Army employees or volunteers.

Clinical support is also limited to the above listed organisations only at this time.

These people and organisations provide a deep and respected service to our community, and we hope that future funding might allow us to embrace their needs. In the meantime, consider approaching one of these organisations, or looking at what support might be available via an employee/volunteer assistance program.

TRANSITION SUPPORT

Starting 1 July 2021, phase one of our national Transition and Employment Program will focus on supporting transitioning members from Australia’s national security agencies, including:

State/territory based law enforcement agencies 

  • ACT Policing
  • NSW Police Force
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Victoria Police
  • West Australia Police Force
  • Northern Territory Police
  • South Australia Police
  • Tasmania Police

National agencies

  • Australian Border Force
  • Australian Federal Police

Phase two will support ALL state based first responders and their families.

If funded, we planned to roll out this part of program towards the end 0f 2021, early 2022.

To find out more, get involved, or register your interest; email transition@fortemaustralia.org.au or call 1300 33 9594.

FIRST RESPONDER FAMILIES

Our programs are here to support first responders and their families/inner circle. We know that every family is different, and that the meaning of ‘family’ comes from your own background, values, and circumstances.

Generally, we expect ‘family’ to mean the people in your inner circle – your household, or your closest support network. Let’s talk and work that out together; we want to help.

In some cases, wellbeing activities may have limited capacity, in which case we may need to limit the number of places available to each family.

WHERE WE ARE

We are currently offering on-the-ground services in towns and cities along the east coast of Australia – covering communities around Melbourne, Gippsland, South East NSW, Canberra, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Sydney, Newcastle, NSW Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, South East Queensland and Brisbane.

However, our virtual activities, mental fitness toolkit, and resource library are available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.