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PTSD Pilot Program for Victorian firefighters

By: Steve Warrington

Category: Health & Safety

  3.09 PM 31 August, 2016

Location: General

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With today’s commencement of a post-traumatic stress disorder pilot program, MFB and CFA firefighters have a further option to seek treatment if they feel they may be suffering from what is a serious illness.

We encourage you to read and consider the information below which contains contact details for the Austin Hospital.

It is important to note that this is an independent program with no identifying information passed on to MFB and CFA.

Steve Warrington
Chief Officer CFA

Paul Stacchino
Acting Chief Officer MFB


PTSD Pilot Program for Victorian Firefighters

The Victorian Government’s Pilot Program to provide additional access to support for Victorian firefighters suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) opens today.

This Pilot provides an additional option to the services already available through the CFA and MFB and will accommodate up to 60 participants who meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and may benefit from one-on-one treatment.

If you have been exposed to traumatic events and are experiencing symptoms which are concerning you or those around you, you are invited to contact Austin Health’s Psychological Trauma Recovery Service’s clinical intake line to discuss your experiences and to establish whether the Pilot Program’s treatment program will meet your clinical needs.

Austin Health Psychological Trauma Recovery Service intake line:  (03) 9496 4138 (during business hours).

Please note that this is not a crisis support line.  If you require immediate assistance, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Members can find more information about the Pilot Program in this Q&A document on Brigades Online / staff Intranet - click here to download. 

In addition to this PTSD-specific program, there are a number of other health, wellbeing and workplace safety services available to members of both fire agencies.

These services assist with all manner of concerns and include access to psychological services, peer support programs and education packages.

  • MFB has a range of other support available, including critical incident support on 1800 609 511 and a confidential counselling service on 1300 366 789.
  • CFA has a range of free, confidential support services and resources, including 24-hour counselling (1300 795 711) and peer support – access details via the Intranet or Brigades Online.

Assistance with mental health concerns is also accessible through local GPs and beyondblue: 1300 224 636.  For immediate assistance, contact Lifeline: 13 11 14.

Last Updated: 31 August 2016