Justice 4 Workers Submission to Parliamentary Inquiry into mental health conditions experienced by first responders

The below information has been copied from the Inquiry website at https://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Education_and_Employment/Mentalhealth/Terms_of_Reference

On 27 March 2018, the Senate referred an inquiry into the  role  of  Commonwealth,  state  and  territory  Governments  in  addressing  the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 5 December 2018.

The role of Commonwealth, state and territory Governments in addressing the high rates of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers, with particular reference to:

  1. the nature and underlying causes of mental health conditions experienced by first responders, emergency service workers and volunteers;
  2. research identifying linkages between first responder and emergency service occupations, and the incidence of mental health conditions;
  3. management of mental health conditions in first responder and emergency services organisations, factors that may impede adequate management of mental health within the workplace and opportunities for improvement, including:
    1. reporting of mental health conditions,
    2. specialised occupational mental health support and treatment services,
    3. workers’ compensation,
    4. workplace culture and management practices,
    5. occupational function and return-to-work arrangements,
    6. collaboration between first responder and emergency services organisations,
    7. post-retirement mental health support services, and
    8. resource allocation; and
  4. any other related matters.

Submission of Justice 4 Workers Qld