Mental Health Showcase

The Emergency Services Foundation hosted our second Mental Health Showcase at Lifesaving Victoria in Port Melbourne on the 4th of October 2023. The event brought together 180 staff and volunteers with an interest in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of the 139,000 people working across Victoria’s emergency service sector.

About this event 

Designed by people within the sector, this bespoke event provided the opportunity to:

  • Network with likeminded colleagues from 15 emergency service agencies
  • Learn from experts and leading practitioners
  • Reflect and discuss emerging mental health and wellbeing issues for our sector
  • Collaborate and be inspired
  • Take away ideas to improve your practice


  • Resilience is a concept that does more harm than good
  • Revisiting Answering the Call – What’s changed and what next in terms of data collection?
  • Work Design
  • Impact on the workplace of domestic violence
  • Impact on the workplace of divorce trauma
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Recruitment – how can it be used to build credibility and reputation of the program?
    Refresher training – what are we doing that can be shared?
  • Peer issues discussion – How could I be a better peer?
  • Harnessing the value of lived experience

Speaker Presentations’ (slides)

 The Emergency Services Foundation was pleased to host our inaugural Better Together Mental Health Showcase in Melbourne on 28 and 29 March 2022. 

This unique event brought together emergency management wellbeing teams and peer leaders from across the state with experts to share, discuss, challenge, reflect, and apply.

About this event 

This event was not an ordinary conference, as it was tactical in focus. It provided the opportunity to learn from people who face the same workplace wellbeing challenges as their fellow delegates. It offered a chance to reflect on and tackle some big questions with people from across the sector and be inspired by the work of others.


  • What’s happening out there – a world view of prevention and early intervention initiatives
  • How to tell if it’s working – options for evaluation
  • Showcase of leading practice prevention and peer initiatives
  • What did COVID teach us about wellbeing?
  • What are the emerging trends in workplace wellbeing?
  • How can we do more for those who keep the home fires burning?
  • What does a best practice peer program look like?
  • Peer deployment and the IMT system
  • A multi-agency peer program – how would that work?