Study Advisory Group
An Advisory Group has been formed to provide strategic guidance for the research study and ensure it is informed by the diversity and depth of expertise in the police and emergency services sector. The group is being chaired by Ken Lay AO APM, Chairman of Ambulance Victoria and former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, and includes senior leaders and representatives from agencies, unions and community groups, clinicians and academics, a former police officer and family member of an emergency services employee.
Answering the call – a national survey
Answering the call is a national survey (Phase 2 of the study) which aims to collect much-needed evidence about the issues affecting the mental health and wellbeing of police and emergency services personnel and the best ways to provide support. The survey aims to investigate the prevalence of common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, as well as post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide risk. It will also collect important information about stigma, use of support services and programs, and factors that impact on the mental health of police and emergency services personnel.
The survey will be tailored for current employees, current volunteers, and former employees, and for the individual service sectors (ambulance, fire and rescue, police and state emergency services). It has been developed by the research team at The University of Western Australia with guidance from a Technical Advisory Group.
From October 2017 approximately 100,000 current and former employees and volunteers in police and emergency services agencies across Australia will be invited to participate in the national survey. Findings will be available in late 2018.
The survey team
The University of Western Australia
Roy Morgan Research
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for participants and police and emergency services organisations
Download the FAQs for participants [4pp, PDF, 247KB]
Download the FAQ for organisations [2pp, PDF, 230KB]
Participant information form
Participant information form [3pp, PDF, 600KB]
The national survey includes questions that may be distressing for some people. If participating in the survey raises any concerns about how you have been feeling, and you would like to talk to someone, there are a number of support options available to assist you:
You can visit your GP, another health professional, or contact your agency’s Employee Assistance Program.
The beyondblue Support Service also provides free, immediate, short-term counselling advice and referrals to people in Australia via telephone and email 24/7, and web chat from 3pm to midnight (AEST), every day. The Support Service can be contacted on 1300 22 4636 or via email or web chat at beyondblue.org.au/get-support
For crisis support and suicide prevention services, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, available 24/7, or online text chat from 7pm to 4am (AEST) at lifeline.org.au/get-help/online-services/crisis-chat
If you feel that you are at immediate risk of harm or your life may be in danger, please call triple zero – 000.
For further information about the survey, please phone the research team at Roy Morgan on 1800 677 248 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about beyondblue’s Police and Emergency Services Program, visit beyondblue Police and Emergency Services (PES) Program
Or, learn more about promoting mental health and wellbeing in police and emergency services workplaces at www.headsup.org.au/pes
The beyondblue Police and Emergency Services Program (PES) is a program of work managed by the Workplace & Workforce team at beyondblue. For further information please contact us.