PTSD Guidelines

Large numbers of emergency service workers report ongoing psychological consequences from exposure to trauma, most notably post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

A panel of leading academia and specialists from across Australia, led by Dr Sam Harvey from Black Dog Institute and University of NSW, have combined their expert clinical opinions with the best available research to develop the world’s first set of guidelines specific to the needs of emergency workers.

These Guidelines improve the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in emergency service workers. They provide treating general practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, therapeutic providers and workers’ compensation claims managers with best practice diagnosis and treatment of emergency service workers suffering, or at risk of, PTSD.

Expert Guidelines: Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Service Workers is available free of charge. Download here.

Recovery After Trauma Booklets

Across Australia there are over 80,000 full-time emergency services staff and 350,000 registered health services practitioners.

To address the growing demand for quality mental health support, EML sought out Phoenix Australia to develop the Recovery after Trauma guides as an innovative way to address the growing awareness and expectations of workers at risk of responding to a potentially traumatic incident.

The aim of the Recovery Guides is to provide information and support to those who are routinely exposed to potentially traumatic events or may have experienced a particular event that they feel impacted by.

Download the Recovery After Trauma Guides


Summit musculoskeletal risk management tool

Developed by Pinnacle Workplace Consultants, SUMMIT is an online Musculoskeletal Risk Management Tool that promotes timely access to documents and resources and integrates the core streams of pre-employment, workplace improvement, rehabilitation / return to work and wellness.

Return to Work (RTW) Plan

All businesses are required to have a Return to Work (VIC and NSW) or Injury Management (SA) Program outlining how they will manage their workers recovering from an injury. As part of this program, employers must develop a Return to Work (RTW) Plan for each individual worker. This is a written agreement explaining the specific duties a worker is to perform as they recover. 

The NSW template is an EML developed document, whilst VIC and SA templates are obtained from the relevant regulator’s website. 

NSW - RTW Plan

SA - RTWSA Recovery/Return to Work Plan

VIC - Return to Work Arrangements Template

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