For first responders, frontline and high-exposure roles
The mental health and wellbeing of first responders, frontline and high-exposure workers has never been more important. While exposure to mental and emotional stress at work is common in these professions, the past year has been particularly challenging for workers in emergency services, healthcare, aged care and community services. Events like the summer bushfires and the COVID pandemic have had a significant toll on mental health leading to stress, burnout and sometimes psychological trauma.
To support workers to manage the impact of trauma and exposure to adverse events, it’s crucial for leaders and managers to be equipped with recent evidence and practical guidance to take effective action. The Mental Health Trauma & Resilience webinar will give you the evidence and offer strategies to manage the impact of trauma, build resilience, combat empathic distress fatigue and enhance mental wellbeing among workers.
Who is this event for?
Representatives from first responder, frontline and high risk/exposure organisations including Police, Fire & Rescue, Ambulance, State Emergency Services, Defence, Justice, Corrections, Child Protection and Social Work, Hospital and Aged Care.
With roles and responsibility for:
|28 Jan & 4 Feb 2021||11am - 12.30pm AEDT||Live Stream|
Professor McFarlane's area of particular specialty has been the effects of traumatic stress and is an international expert in the field of the impact of disasters and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
His research has focused on the epidemiology and longitudinal course of PTSD as well as the neuroimaging of the cognitive deficits in this disorder. He has published over 250 articles and chapters in various refereed journals and has co-edited three books.
A past president of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and a recipient of the Robert Laufer Award for outstanding scientific achievement in the field of traumatic stress. In 2011, Professor McFarlane received the Officer of the Order of Australia Award in the Australia Day Honours List. In 2012, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. In 2016, Professor McFarlane became one of the three Australians to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatry in recognition of his contributions to the field of traumatic stress.
Join renowned expert in traumatic stress, Prof. Alexander McFarlane AO as he critically explores trauma, traumatic stress and cumulative exposure among first responders and high-risk workers. Prof. McFarlane will examine occupational risk factors, how to anticipate them and will discuss how to manage these risks in the long-term. Sharing his expertise from evidence to action, Prof. McFarlane will talk through the research and the evidence and explain the practical steps you can take to minimise risk and improve mental health support for workers.
Sadhbh (Sive) Joyce is a senior psychologist, researcher and co-founder of e-learning start-up Mindarma. Determined to bridge the gap between clinical research and the workplace, Sadhbh has focused on translating research into real-world solutions, which are practical, scalable and evidence-based.
From 2014-2019 Sadhbh focused on developing, researching and evaluating a novel mindfulness-based resilience training program via a world-first randomised controlled trial with Australian first responders. The success of this program spurred the development and launch of Mindarma which has now been adopted by major employers including NSW Ambulance, Fire & Rescue NSW, Thomson Reuters, Optus, UNSW LAW, NSW Health, Department of Communities and Justice and St John Ambulance NT. In 2018, Mindarma received a Mental Health Matters Award from the NSW Mental Health Commission. In 2019, Mindarma received a highly commended award from the NSW Government at the Resilience Australia Awards. In addition, FRNSW received the 2019 AFAC Leading Practice in Mental Health Award for implementing Mindarma across their workforce.
Dr Sadhbh Joyce dives into the science of resilience and reveals unique insights from the latest research. She exposes common mental health myths and explores what actually works to build resilience and protect against Empathic Distress Fatigue. Dr Joyce takes a close look into the world of first responders and frontline workers and examines how to provide practical, proactive support to those performing some of the world’s most challenging roles. The Mindarma co-founder also shares what it takes to translate research into real action and outlines the mental health strategies now being adopted by leading employers.