PA Vice-President Simone Haigh interviewed on ABC
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PA Vice-President Simone Haigh interviewed on ABC

PA Vice-President Simone Haigh was interviewed on ABC Radio this morning, sharing a personal story about the suicide of a colleague and why she pushed for a Senate Inquiry into the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders. Extensive coverage, including Simone’s story, can also be found in this ABC News story.  

Public hearings into Senate Inquiry announced
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Public hearings into Senate Inquiry announced

Public hearings scheduled in response to the Senate Inquiry into the mental health conditions experienced by first responders are: • 18 July  – Brisbane • 31 July – Hobart • 29 August – Adelaide • 30 August – Fremantle • 5 September – Melbourne • 25 September – Sydney. Full details about the hearings can...

Mental Health and Wellbeing SIG member Dr Elizabeth Asbury leading IPAWs
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Mental Health and Wellbeing SIG member Dr Elizabeth Asbury leading IPAWs

PA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing SIG member, Dr Elizabeth Asbury, is leading IPAWS.  About IPAWS The International Paramedic Anxiety Wellbeing and Stress study is the first multi-centre, international study of paramedic mental health and wellbeing ever undertaken. IPAWS will follow paramedic students who graduate from tertiary education in the 2017-18 academic year for five years...

Suicide prevention excellence
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Suicide prevention excellence

Lisa Holmes, Chair of PA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Special Interest Group, was nominated and subsequently shortlisted for the 2018 LiFE Awards in the Emerging / Early Career Researcher category. The LiFE Awards – hosted by Suicide Prevention Australia – are a prestigious national event celebrating suicide prevention excellence. Nominees typically range from mainstream programs to local grass...

PA submission to Senate inquiry into the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders
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PA submission to Senate inquiry into the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders

Today, PA put forward its submission to the Senate Inquiry into the role of Commonwealth, state, and territory Governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers. The submission was based on the available research and written by members of PA’s Mental Health and Wellbeing...

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE SOON – SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE MANAGEMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS WITHIN FIRST RESPONDER ORGANISATIONS
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SUBMISSIONS CLOSE SOON – SENATE INQUIRY INTO THE MANAGEMENT OF MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS WITHIN FIRST RESPONDER ORGANISATIONS

A motion to have a Senate Inquiry into the Management of Mental Health Conditions within First Responder Organisations was passed on Wednesday 27 March. Individuals and organisations are invited to send in their opinions and proposals. Further information and submission details can be found here Submissions close Wednesday 20 June. The Senate Inquiry was originally initiated by...

Submissions open – Senate Inquiry into the Management of Mental Health Conditions within First Responder Organisations
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Submissions open – Senate Inquiry into the Management of Mental Health Conditions within First Responder Organisations

A motion to have a Senate Inquiry into the Management of Mental Health Conditions within First Responder Organisations was passed on Wednesday 27 March. The Senate Inquiry was originally initiated by our Vice-President Simone Haigh, who has personally felt the devastating loss of several fellow paramedic friends who did not find the support needed to overcome their personal...

Have you registered for Survive and Thrive 3?
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Have you registered for Survive and Thrive 3?

The third annual Survive and Thrive Paramedic Resilience Symposium will be held 4 May at Sunshine Coast University Hospital in Queensland. The draft program is now available and includes: • Sir Angus Houston – Air Chief Marshall • Russel Bowles – Queensland Ambulance Service Commissioner • Lisa Holmes – Chair, Mental Health and Wellbeing Special Interest...