EML (Employers Mutual Limited) has pledged $100,000 to Phoenix Australia to support health providers in bushfire affected areas to provide trauma-informed care to the community.
“Our people were moved by what they saw during the recent bushfires and rallied to raise more than $15,000 in January through cake stalls, straight donations and other activities,” EML Chief Executive Mark Coyne said.
EML matched the contribution from their staff and then through their mutuality and member benefit funding provided an additional $70,000.
“We have a great team who work with people impacted by traumatic incidents every day, and we were inspired by their commitment,” This is our way of building community resilience because trauma can take many years to emerge and be complex to treat,” Mr Coyne said.
EML manages workers insurance and injured workers compensation claims. They chose to partner with Phoenix Australia on bushfire support because of a long history of collaboration on several projects.
“Our organisations have worked very closely previously to train psychologists in Trauma-Focussed Therapy, deliver the Recovery after Trauma booklets for emergency services personnel, and have developed resources to support Police members going through a career transition,” EML National Member Benefits Manager Elisa Hitchens said.
“The Recovery after Trauma Guides are already being offered as resources to bushfire affected communities. We know that this additional funding will go to where it’s needed.”
“These funds will be critical in supporting our work to help health providers, emergency service workers and community members affected by the fires,” Director of Phoenix Australia Professor David Forbes said.
“Best practice trauma-informed support for the community is essential in the coming weeks and months to prevent the development of ongoing and serious mental health repercussions, which can occur after a disaster like the fires. We are very grateful to EML and their staff for their generous donation towards this important work.”
“EML is really proud of the work that it’s already undertaken helping people impacted by trauma, particularly in the police and emergency services portfolios,” Mr Coyne said.
“This is a natural extension of the work that we have already done in this area, and with Phoenix Australia. I’m so proud of our team which is committed to helping people get their lives back.”