Most first responder leaders are aware of increased mental ill health within their workforce. Yet, many are only taking the first steps to provide adequate wellbeing and mental health care. Despite many approaches, there has traditionally been no central platform to share resources, best practices, and training across all first responder agencies.
The Frontline Mental Health Conference is designed to develop the knowledge and skills of first responders in leadership positions, so that you can actively promote positive mental health within your organisation.
Unite with other leaders and learn from the diversity of experiences - personal perspectives, recovery innovations, strengths and gaps in the mental health system, and practical efforts being made to break the stigma.
Learn real techniques and practical solutions to implement into your agency.
Share insights, resources, and strategies to improve the mental health of our first responders with your fellow leaders.
One in three emergency workers suffer from high to very high levels of psychological distress.
One police officer, paramedic or firefighter is taking their own life every 6 weeks.
10% of frontline workers have probable PTSD, compared to an estimated 4% of the general population.
National Coronial Information System Intentional Self-Harm Among Emergency Services Personnel 2015
National Mental Health and Wellbeing Study of Police and Emergency Services (2016-2020)
First responder culture can often perpetuate a stigma against seeking help.
By not speaking up, our frontline workers face long-term consequences.
Anxiety, depression, PTSD, and substance abuse are just some of the mental health issues that can manifest as the result of repeated exposure to trauma.
Connect and collaborate with leaders on the front line, from fire and rescue to police and ambulance officers, defence force personnel, surf lifesaving and SES volunteers.
|Drive For Meaningful Change||Develop and Sustain a Mentally Healthy Workforce||Identify and Utilise Varying Treatment Models||Navigate Post-Service Support|
Take the stage and present to the audience in a 20 minute speaking session.
Be part of a discussion amongst a panel of 3+ fellow industry professionals.
Keep the attention of attendees on a dedicated workshop day with an engaging, hands-on learning experience.
Share short, sharp bursts of information in an interactive, round table setting.
Visually showcase your research or services via a printed poster, displayed in the conference exhibition area.
|Conference Date||Monday 14 – Tuesday 15 March 2022|
|Abstracts Close||Friday 10 September 2021|
|Presenter Registration Due||Friday 1 October 2021|
|Program Launch||Tuesday 12 October 2021|
|Early Bird Closes||Friday 10 December 2021|
|Scholarship/ Concessions Close||Friday 3 December 2021|
Founder, Code 9 Foundation
Professional occupation: Police officer with Victoria Police (25 years). Mark is a trained peer support officer within Victoria Police and is a “go to” person for the Police Media Unit when media requests coming for mental health related stories. Mark has presented his mental health journey to a wide range of units within the organisation.
Mark is diagnosed PTSD, depression and anxiety and to help his colleagues, founded The Code 9 Foundation. A foundation that sponsors assistance dogs and supports current and veteran professional first responders, their partners, their children and their careers.
Mark has been a Beyond Blue speaker for six years and has assisted with a wide range of projects researched and launched by Beyond Blue.
Mark has his own inspirational speaking business, After Ice Melts, to help spread the mental health message.
Commanding Officer, 1st Psychology Unit, Australian Defence Force
Lieutenant Colonel Costello was commissioned into the Australian Army Reserve in 2002 while completing her Masters Degree in Organisational Psychology. Upon promotion to Captain she transferred to the Australian Regular Army in 2003. Lieutenant Colonel Costello has undertaken a range of clinical, organisational, operational, instructional and staff appointments which has included postings to 1 Psych Unit, the Mental Health & Psychology Sections within Joint Health Command (JHC), the Royal Military College, the Directorate of Psychology and JHC Headquarters. She has recently served as the OIC of the ADF Centre for Mental Health and the SO1 Psychology in the Command Advisory Group on Headquarters Forces Command. Lieutenant Colonel Costello was appointed to Commanding Officer 1st Psychology Unit in August 2020.
Lieutenant Colonel Costello has been awarded the Psychology Corps E.F. Campbell Medal (2006) for her work managing organisational change in the Directorate of Psychology, the W.H Hall Award (2019) for her “contribution to the promotion, values, ethos, professional standing and reputation of military psychology” and a Chief of Joint Capabilities Gold Commendation for her leadership of the ADF Centre for Mental Health. She has deployed in support of operations in the Middle East and the ADF’s contribution to Australian Antarctic Expeditions.
Lieutenant Colonel Costello is married to Geoff, a serving Army Officer and together with their children Audrey and Henry they enjoy the lifestyle afforded by Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Senior Mental Health Adviser at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Dr Poerio is currently the Senior Mental Health Adviser at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs where she provides clinical advice to support policy, program development and research in relation to mental health, and contributes to the broader focus on mental health in DVA. She has also held the position of Assistant National Manager of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (now Open Arms). Dr Poerio has a deep connection with the military; she worked as a Psychologist and clinical supervisor for the ADF in Darwin, her husband served the Army for 27 years, and her youngest daughter is currently serving in the Australian Air Force.
She has practised in the field of psychology in both clinical and management/advisory roles for over 25 years. She completed her PhD at Griffith University and her Clinical Masters at the University of Adelaide. Dr Poerio has worked in professional positions at the executive level across a range of organisations including the University of Sydney, Department of Defence, Centrelink, and the Commonwealth Department of Human Services.
She also works in part-time clinical practice, with her areas of interest involving trauma, bereavement, organisational change, resilience, workplace health, depression and anxiety.
Director, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Bio coming soon.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Interoperability, Fire Rescue Victoria
Tony is a career firefighter with over 25 years’ experience. He has tertiary qualifications in business and emergency management and was the Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) / Director - Emergency Medical Response / Wellbeing which included managing organisational wellbeing for the Country Fire Authority (CFA) of Victoria. At CFA he implemented a tailored wellbeing program for staff and volunteers and was a strong advocate for mental health, leading to the transition of the Wellbeing department from People and Culture into the non-traditional Operations Directorate, establishing wellbeing as being equally important as responding a fire truck. Tony commenced with Fire Rescue Victoria in 2020 and is the ACFO / Director of the Interoperability Department.
Manager, Mental Health Drought and Disaster Team, Queensland Health
Bio coming soon.
Chief Medical Officer, Australian Federal Police
Executive Director, Australian Institute of Police Management
Stuart first arrived at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in July of 2019 and, after an extended period as acting Executive Director, was appointed Executive Director of the AIPM in October of 2020.
Stuart has overseen the implementation of ‘Future Directions’, a vision of the future of public safety education, and is now implementing “Beyond 2020”, a strategic direction and rolling business plan for the AIPM. In 2020 Stuart successfully navigated the AIPM through the health and business impacts of COVID-19, assuring its commercial viability and, together with the AIPM team, implementing virtual delivery methods that saw the AIPM continue to reach and develop current and emerging police and public safety leaders.
Stuart is involved in a range of activities and committees that foster the development of police leaders. He is currently an advisory member of the Australian Capital Territory Police “Policing Futures” Board and an active member of the Fortem Advisory Board, an independent organisation dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing in the national security and first responder community. In the international domain Stuart is a participant in the FBI’s National Executive Interchange program and is currently involved in and fostering a wide range of international partnerships and associations for the betterment of police leader development.
Prior to his current role Stuart spent 36 years as an operational police officer with the Western Australia Police, where he reached the rank of Commander. Notable achievements during Stuart’s police career include the implementation of major reform to the WA Police Forensic Division; the delivery of the Policing Logistics Operation for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, and, a two-year period as acting Assistant Commissioner and CIO for WA Police ICT, where he conceived the WA Police Digital Policing Strategy. Stuart left the WA Police as Commander for the Southern Metropolitan Region, having overseen the Regions transition to a new metropolitan policing model.
Stuart’s qualifications include a Master of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelor of Science (Forensic Investigation). In addition, he is a proud graduate of the AIPM’s own Police Leadership Strategy (PLS). Stuart has been awarded a Commissioners Commendation, the Commissioners Medal for Excellence and an Australian Police Medal.
Stuart is married with two children and in his spare time enjoys music and sport. He has a keen interest in Australian Football and is currently the patron of the WA Police Football team.
Senior Project Officer, Wellbeing Strategy Team, Queensland Police Service
Todd is a Senior Sergeant with the Queensland Police Service, currently seconded to the Wellbeing Strategy Team as a Senior Project Officer, where he is working on (PFA / PSO Reviews and Suicide Framework). Todd’s policing career spans over 20 years and has seen him work across a variety of settings including People Capability Command, Financial and Cyber Crime, Electronic Evidence, Railway Squad and General Duties. Todd a Peer Support Officer, volunteering to assist and support his colleagues experiencing personal and work-related difficulties. Todd is passionate about mental health, in particular the impact of frontline service on the psychological wellbeing of first responders.
Director, College for Law, Education and Training
Bio coming soon.
Senior Psychologist & Co-founder, Mindarma And The Black Dog Institute
Dr Sadhbh (Sive) Joyce) is a Senior Psychologist at Mindarma and has experience across clinical, academic and industrial settings. She is an External Research Fellow with the Black Dog Institute and an adjunct lecturer at UNSW Medicine. Sadhbh has spent over 12 years providing evidence-based therapy to those struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement and workplace injury. She has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings as well as occupational rehabilitation. Following her research with first-responders, Sadhbh co-founded Mindarma in 2016 with the aim of bringing evidence-based programs to the workplace. This award-winning holistic program teaches practical skills and strategies to help bolster psychological resilience and wellbeing. Mindarma has since been adopted as a core workplace mental health initiative by numerous organisations including New South Wales Ambulance, Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Health, Ambulance Victoria, UNICEF, Reuters, St John Ambulance NT, Corrective Services NSW, Youth Justice NSW, WorkSafe ACT, Mercy Health Services, Department of Fire and Emergency Services WA, UNSW- LAW, Fire and Rescue Victoria, NSW Health Pathology and the NSW Ministry of Health. You can read more about Sadhbh’s work here.
Associate Lecturer in Paramedicine, Western Sydney University
Bio coming soon.
President, NSW SES Volunteers Association
Bio coming soon.
Engagement Manager, Fortem Australia
James Maskey is a passionate engagement and advocacy professional, striving to enhance the mental, personal and social wellbeing of the emergency services community. James is also a retired front-line Queensland Police Officer with a service history including General Duties and the Child Protection & Investigation Unit. In 2013, James was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
James is currently the 'Engagement Manager' of Fortem Australia. Fortem provides evidence-based, comprehensive and integrated mental health and wellbeing support to first responders, and their families. In this position, James is responsible for developing and implementing engagement strategies across multiple stakeholders, including corporate, national security and first responder agencies to build sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships.
In addition, James remains a tireless advocate of creating mentally healthy workplaces, tackling stigma and improving help-seeking behaviours in the emergency services sector. In doing so, James supports executive and front line leaders in the emergency services sector to drive industry-led and sustained educational, cultural and policy changes that have a tangible impact for those on the ground.
For his ongoing mental health advocacy pursuits, in March 2020, James was recognised as one of 25 Pro Bono Australia Impact 25 Award recipients for 2019. In May 2019, James was also announced as a finalist in the Victorian Young Achiever of the Year Award in the ‘Create Change’ category.
As a world record holder and ultra-endurance athlete, James has represented Australia on the world stage in ultra-marathon running, raising funds for mental health organisations. James utilises his endurance pursuits as a platform to passionately share his own lived experience of mental health difficulties, challenge mental health stigma and encourage the help-seeking behaviours of others who may be impacted by mental health conditions.
Personalise your booth and engage with conference attendees in a thriving exhibitor hall.
The perfect opportunity to raise your profile in a relaxed and open environment.
Draw people to you, and receive continual interaction with attendees throughout the conference.
Distribute your branded materials or flyers on the seats of attendees before each session begins.
Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217
Cost: $159.00 per room per night
Breakfast: $18.00 per person per night
Accommodation can be booked during the registration process. If you have any questions, please contact us here - Contact Us.
Date: Monday 15 March 2022
Time: 5.00 - 6.00pm
Cost: Included in your full registration. $70 for guests.
Catering: Drinks and canapes will be provided
2 DAY PROGRAM
2 DAY PROGRAM
Per person, min. of 4
2 DAY PROGRAM