Better Together Podcast

Dr Amanda Taylor, Researcher and Academic

33 min

Dr David Younger, Clinical and Consultant Psychologist

33 min

Captain Steve Farina, BC Canada Firefighters' Association

42 min

Michelle Possingham, Lifeline Gippsland and Lisa Renato, Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee

16 min

Tony Pearce, ESF Chair and Inspector-General for Emergency Management

24 min

Dr Sarah Hewat, Kevin Smith, Prof. Russell Roberts and Mark Dobson

41 min

Dr David Lawrence, University of Western Australia

37 min

Dr Erin Smith, Dart Centre Asia Pacific

26 min

Lex de Man AFSM, Victoria Police Legacy

33 min


Rebecca Pierce, Ambulance Victoria

12 min


Margaret ‘Margie’ Lewis, Victoria Police

19 min

RSS Better Together Podcast
  • Mental Health of Young Emergency Service Volunteers
    Siusan MacKenzie and Rachel Treeby from VICSES speak with speaking with Amanda Taylor from the University of Adelaide, who has done some interesting work on the mental health of young emergency service volunteers.
  • Lived Experience Storytelling
    We speak with Dr David Younger about how lived experience storytelling can be applied to help people recover from mental injury.
  • First Responder Resiliency Program
    ESF CEO Siusan MacKenzie and Shannon Hood, a clinical counsellor specialising in working with emergency service people speak with Captain Farina about his involvement in developing a world leading 'First Responder Resiliency Program'.
  • Lifeline
    We speak with Michelle Possingham and Lisa Renato from Lifeline about the services offered to support Victorians in distress.
  • Tony's Trek
    Emergency service work can take a terrible toll on people – paid and volunteer – who are always ready to protect our community. Tony’s Trek – one step at a time, a solo walk of 1440km aims to raise awareness and funds so ESF can initiate two new programs to help support them.
  • Impact of Emergency Service Work on Families
    ESF recently undertook a study to gain a deeper understanding of how emergency service work impacts family life and how we could better support family members. In this podcast we speak with one of the study leads Owen Pfannenstiehl and the Dean family.
  • Leading for Better Mental Health
    The program lead and three facilitators speak about how the Leading for Better Mental Health program and pilot developed, what’s unique about it, and how is helps leaders to build psychologically safe workplaces.
  • Mental Health Research
    We speak with Dr Lawrence about two important research studies he’s led that have provided baseline data around the wellbeing of people in the sector nationwide; Beyond Blue's Answering the Call and After the Fires
  • Emergency Response
    We speak with Dr Erin Smith about lessons from research for supporting mental health.
  • Leadership and Recovery
    ESF CEO Siusan MacKenzie and Kate Siebert, state manager emergency services with Victorian Red Cross, speak with Elizabeth McNaughton, an expert in disaster recovery