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Linda Dessau AC named ESF Patron

The Emergency Services Foundation is honoured to announce the Governor of Victoria, Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, as our Patron. We are grateful for her interest and support as ESF works to improve mental health in the Victorian emergency services. The Governor will meet women from across the […]


Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb

https://www.firefighterclimb.org.au/ On 7 September, 600 firefighters from across Australia will climb 28 floors of the Crown Metropol Hotel, all carrying 25kg of equipment. This year, the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb is raising funds for the Emergency Services Foundation, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute. Funds from the stair climb will […]


Side by Side Kokoda Trek

Are you up for a challenge like walking side by side with your emergency service colleagues over 11 days and 96km along the Kokoda trek? It will be difficult, just like coming to terms with mental health issues can be difficult. This Side by Side trek scheduled for May 2020 […]


Valuing Volunteers Program

ESF regret to advise that the Valuing Volunteers Program, ‘Our mental health and wellbeing really matters‘ workshops, scheduled for April and May 2020, are postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and government advice to cancel all indoor events of more than 100 people. We will be announcing new workshop […]


Vale Mick Miller

Following the death of the former Victoria Police Commissioner Mick Miller people across the wider community have paid tribute to the many contributions he made in the service of others. In adding to those tributes let me acknowledge the important role Mick played in the establishment of the Victorian Emergency […]


Help Protect Those Who Protect Us – Say THANKS2U On 5 July

Thanks to thousands of emergency service workers across Victoria, regional and rural communities can feel supported and protected. The Emergency Services Foundation is asking Victorians to reciprocate that support by saying “Thanks To You” (THANKS2U) on Friday, 5 July, to help raise funds for support programs and wellbeing initiatives for […]


ESF received funding to Chair a WorkWell Learning Network for the Victorian Emergency Services sector

The Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) is thrilled to have received funding by WorkSafe to Chair a WorkWell Learning Network for the Victorian emergency services sector. As Learning Network Chair ESF will bring workplaces and experts together to share ideas and knowledge to collaboratively design and implement workplaces initiatives that create […]


Mental Health Early Intervention Pilot

Early intervention pilot started on 17 June to provide Police and Ambulance staff and volunteers access to urgent mental health treatment as soon as they identify a problem. Mental Health Early Intervention Pilot – Media Release


2019 Scholarships Awardees Announced

This year we have four awardees. Their research topics each address the important issue of wellbeing. Greg Dean, Senior Sergeant and Acting Manager VicPol Welfare Services. Greg’s topic of study is early intervention mental health and wellbeing respite centres and his research will add to his learnings from previous study […]