2nd Annual
Driving cultural change & enhancing preventative approaches
Conference Date
7th & 8th March 2018
Bayview Eden Melbourne
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Challenge stigma with key case studies from emergency services, not-for profits & leading psychologists
First responders are routinely exposed to higher levels of trauma, resulting in higher levels of stress. In order to reduce the risk of mental illness, strategies to increase awareness and build resilience must be implemented. Tackling the prevalent stigma that surrounds mental health for first responders will require a significant cultural change across the sector.

The 2nd Annual Mental Health Strategies for First Responders national conference will provide emergency services with the necessary tools to continue improving their mental health programs, focusing on preventative approaches to build resilience while driving an organisational a wide cultural change.

Key learnings:
  • Implement a proactive mental health & wellbeing framework
  • Increase mental health literacy & awareness
  • Support first responders from employment through to retirement
  • Equip management with tools to create supportive workplace environments
  • Manage complex mental illness & the effects of trauma
Who will attend?
Commissioners, CEOs & other senior executives responsible for:
  • People & Culture
  • Strategic Performance
  • Human Resources
  • Operations
Operational management responsible for:
  • Mental Health
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Counselling
  • Psychological Services
  • Critical Incident Response
  • Employee Assistance (EAPs)

Attend to learn:

  • Engage leadership to break down stigma & drive cultural change
  • Effectively implement preventative mental health strategies
  • Use evidence & insights to inform best practice
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Key Speakers

Assoc Prof Tony Walker ASM
Chief Executive Officer
Ambulance Victoria
Dr Katrina Sanders
Chief Medical Officer
Australian Federal Police
David Morton
Director General Mental Health, Psychology & Rehabilitation
Department of Defence
Dr Bernie Scully
Manager Clinical Services & Organisational Development
Queensland Fire & Emergency Services


What People Are Saying

  • “An extremely informative journey through mental health strategy in relation to first responder agencies. Knowledgeable presenters and excellent networking opportunities with like-minded representatives from other agencies.”

    Joanne Stolp
    Inspector Police Support, Department of Police, Fire & Emergency Management Tasmania & Attendee, Mental Health Strategies for First Responders conference, March 2017


  • Date: 9 Jan 2017  By: Katherine Kingsle

    After surveying over 450 current and former police officers and their families, an independent review into the mental health provisions of Victoria Police revealed a deeply entrenched ‘suck it up’ mentality. This is but one of many reports released in the past year addressing the mental health of first responders and emergency services. The nature …

  • Date: 8 Dec 2016  By: Katherine Kingsle

    An intensive report released by Price Waterhouse Coopers has revealed that mental health is costing Australian businesses up to $10.9 billion a year.  Compensation claims continue to be one the greatest costs to most businesses, costing up to $146 billion a year, but are you aware of the hidden costs? Price Waterhouse Coopers have identified …