Tasmania is making PTSD a presumptive work-related illness for first responders; the NT Police, Fire & Emergency Services Minister and Commissioner have launched our PTSD report; in Canberra the Senate Inquiry is taking note of our recommendations; and we’ve been briefing icare NSW and the state’s first responder agencies. Making progress!
The Australian Federal Police (AFP), Australia21 and FearLess Outreach launch Australia’s first report on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among Australia’s front line emergency personnel. ‘When Helping Hurts: PTSD in First Responders’, explores more effective ways of preventing the debilitating consequences of traumatic stress, and improving mental health outcomes.
June 2018 is shaping up to be one of Australia21’s busiest months on record! We’ll be taking a good hard look at inequality in Australia, launching a groundbreaking report on PTSD among first responders, and sharing our work on PTSD and mindfulness with doctors of the future.
Policy was often ignored in favour of politicking in Australia’s parliaments in 2017, so Australia21 has set out a roadmap to keep our MPs on track through 2018. We urge them to tackle issues that really matter this year, where evidence shows the nation will benefit from apolitical discussion and sensible decisions.
As the year comes to a close, Australia21 is proud to release our 2016-17 Annual Report. We did a lot with very little over the period, running nationally significant projects, boosting our profile and calibrating the goals that will keep us powering on through 2017-2018.
The final Australia21 Board meeting of 2017 was a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. The time together sowed the seeds for new approaches and themes, while revealing fresh sources of energy and providing a strong foundation for the work to come in 2018.
“It shouldn’t be a career limiting move to put your hand up and ask for help.” That’s one of the early findings from the Australia21/FearLess national first responder PTSD Roundtable. Normalising Post Traumatic Stress would go a long way towards alleviating losses in personnel and efficiency.
A Melbourne school has signed up to pilot Australia21’s Smarter About Drugs Conversation Pack to engage its students in open and informed discussions about illicit drugs and the policies that guide Australia’s response to them. In other developments this month, the Making the Future Work project has been awarded $10,000 grant, there’s been a major shift on PTSD and we give you a sneak preview of our soon-to-be released Algal Farming report.