PA response to mental health inquiry recommendations
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PA response to mental health inquiry recommendations

The people behind 000: mental health of our first responders On 14 February 2019, the Senate Standing Committee for Education and Employment 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 tabled their report to the...

Message from PA’s Mental Health & Wellbeing SIG
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Message from PA’s Mental Health & Wellbeing SIG

As we are aware, this time of year can be particularly difficult for many people. Please take some time to check in with yourself and your colleagues. Seasons greetings and all the best for 2019 from the PA Mental Heath and Wellbeing Special Interest Group. https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Results of Beyond Blue national survey now available
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Results of Beyond Blue national survey now available

Results from Beyond Blue’s landmark national survey, Answering the Call – conducted as part of the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services – are now available. Answering the Call is the first national survey of the mental health and wellbeing of personnel in the police and emergency services. It was conducted between October...

World Mental Health Day
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World Mental Health Day

10 October is World Mental Health Day. The purpose of this day is to promote public and personal awareness of mental health issues and encourage people to take a more positive view of mental illness. Please consider what you can do on 10 October. Perhaps check in with a colleague, friend or family member or...

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...