Supporting the health of our emergency service workforce and volunteers

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Supporting the health of our emergency service workforce and volunteers

10 August 2021

The Health and Wellbeing Support team within the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management will be bolstered following a $1.5 million investment from the Tasmanian Liberal Government as part of our plan to keep Tasmanians safe.

We recognise the challenging work that our emergency services personnel undertake and the risk factors that can impact their mental and physical health, which is why this additional funding will take the annual funding for the Agency’s Wellbeing Program to $3 million.

Delivering on the commitment outlined in our First 100 Day Plan, the Government has now concluded consultation with our emergency services on the best outcomes for the additional $1.5 million investment into their health and wellbeing.

As a result, the additional funding will deliver a Health and Wellbeing Team of 23 staff including increased numbers of Wellbeing Support Officers, psychologists and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Support roles.

The MyPulse program will also be extended to the more than 5,600 Tasmanian emergency services volunteers who often put their lives on the line to protect our communities.

MyPulse is a proactive and preventative program that focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of our emergency services workforce.

It includes health clinics, physical and mental health screens, a resource library, learning modules and other interactive tools on matters that are particularly relevant to emergency services responders.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government recognises the critical role our first responders play in protecting Tasmanians, and protecting their health and wellbeing is our top priority.