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“Brigade members face many challenges, including attending potentially traumatic incidents, relationship issues and juggling CFA commitments with other work and home commitments. All of these can have an impact on a person’s mental health, which can affect their ability to function day to day, how they interact with others and how they cope on the job. That’s why it’s just as important for CFA members to manage their mental health as it is their physical health”.
– Euan Ferguson


Health and Wellbeing Initiatives & Purpose:

Wellbeing Training and Workshops help brigades to manage issues that stem from relationship conflict, mental health concerns and potentially traumatic incidents so they’re able to get on with the job of protecting lives and properties as a strong, cohesive team.

We have a number of experienced Member Wellbeing Advisors working across the state with Districts and Brigades to provide:

  • Coaching and guidance to resolve relationship issues
  • Mental Health promotion and education
  • Mediation, conciliation and group-based negotiation
  • Online resources and tools for managing mental health and relationship issues.

Training Programs:

Not only does the Wellbeing team offer early intervention work; giving CFA members the support, tools and resources to identify and head off issues early, a suite of training packages has been developed. These training packages are tailored to cater for Brigades and Districts and are available to all CFA Members. On offer are a number of workshops that focus on improving and maintaining CFA members wellbeing and supporting healthy and safe workplaces;

  • Mental Health & Resilience
  • Strengthening Brigade Relationships
  • Equal Opportunity
  • Fire Season Briefings – get your team ready
  • Social Media Awareness
  • Managing Relationships & Having Difficult Conversations
  • Managing Mental Health for Leaders
  • Mental Health Masterclass for Leaders

To access the service or book a Wellbeing Workshop contact our wellbeing intake line on 9262 8409 / wellbeing.intake@cfa.vic.gov.au


Other services:

Running alongside the Wellbeing workshops and training are existing support services, tools and resources that Organisational Wellbeing has on offer. These services are confidential, free of charge and available to all CFA members and their families;

  • Peer Support Program - (trained members offering support & guidance) www.cfa.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth
  • Member Assistance Program - (24-hour counselling) – 1300 795 711
  • Chaplaincy Program – (24-hour pastoral care) – 1800 337 068
  • HeadsUP online toolkit - information and advice on managing mental health and relationship issues – www.cfa.vic.gov.au/headsup