News


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 […]


New Memorial Garden Begun

Construction has started on the Victorian Emergency Services Memorial to honour the Victorian emergency service workers who have given their lives in service of their community. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville joined representatives from emergency service agencies to turn the first sod on the project in Melbourne’s […]


ESF & Red Cross to host an open forum on 31 May 2019

Emergency Services Foundation and Red Cross to host an open forum on 31 May 2019 Caring for the people who care – two perspectives. Keynote speakers will be Kelly McKinney, one of America’s foremost experts on disasters and Patrick Cairns, CEO at the UK Police Treatment Centres. This is a free event […]


WPI students review ESF Relief & Assistance program

Download PDF of WPI Report – welfare and support payments Since 1998, nearly 600 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Massachusetts USA) students have conducted over 170 projects at the Melbourne Project Centre (MPC), partnering with local organisations. MPC teams have addressed a variety of challenges in local communities and between October and […]