Online mental health assessment with recommendations
This quick and easy mental health assessment has been designed with Emergency Service Workers and their loved ones in mind. It can be used by Emergency Service Workers/loved ones alone or in conjunction with health professionals managing their care. It will provide insights into how the user is feeling, and will give an indication of whether you are experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress.
One-on-one psychological care via the Traumatic Stress Clinic at UNSW Sydney and Psychology Clinic at Black Dog Institute
Patients can access one-on-one psychological mental health care sessions, free of charge via Telehealth. The Bush Fire Support Service has been funded by the Federal Government to support Emergency Service Workers.. No referral, Medicare, or GP information is required and all Emergency Service Workers and their loved ones are eligible for the service. Health professionals may also refer patients to this service
E-mental health tools – Black Dog Institute
To support the clinical care that Emergency Service Workers and their loved ones can access through the Bush Fire Support Service, there are also e-mental health tools available for those who prefer to guide their own treatment. The Bush Fire Support Service provides a collection of digital evidence-based mental health resources, tools and information, tailored to the needs of emergency service workers and their families. These e-mental health tools available through digital channels, ensure that mental health support is accessible Australia-wide, no matter where they live.
Evidence-based PTSD information and resources – Black Dog Institute
A collection of evidence-based mental health resources, tools, information and advice for emergency service workers and their loved ones, where they can learn more about managing and maintaining their wellbeing into the future.
Training for Health Professionals.
Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers is designed with a focus on GPs to diagnose patients with acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other comorbidities. Evidence-based guidelines will be used as the foundation to appropriately diagnose and identify treatment pathways including recommended referrals, trauma focused psychological therapy and psychological first aid to help support their management of emergency service workers. The training may also be relevant to other health professionals.