PFA's new Mental Health and Wellbeing study

The national policing body, the Police Federation of Australia (PFA), invites member participation in the new Mental Health and Wellbeing study focused on the role that family members of a police officers have during episodes of deterioration of emotional wellbeing. Read the following message from the PFA below:

The Police Federation of Australia (PFA) aims to professionally advocate on behalf of police officers in all jurisdictions including the Commonwealth. This has recently included the representation and attendance at several Commonwealth Senate Inquiries relating to the mental health conditions experienced by first responders and specifically the impediment of adequate management of mental health conditions in first responder and emergency services organisations.

In 2020 the PFA was invited to review a research study proposal, ‘Emotional First Aid and Police Officers: Examining the role of family members’ conducted by a Queensland Police Service veteran and Charles Sturt University PhD student, Ms. Charrissa Chew-Moriarty. This study aims to address gaps in research and recognise the role family members of a police officer have, during episodes of deterioration of emotional wellbeing, how family members can assist in the reduction of  these negative emotions which have a resulted from a career in policing.

The PFA acknowledges the significant merit of this study and encourages your support and the participation of your family member. Your family’s engagement will assist in this critical area of investigation facilitating the strengthening of links between research and policy to inform police organisations, policy makers and practitioners within the law enforcement arena. 

PFA members are encouraged to read the attached Information Sheet and pass on attached Participant Information Sheet to members of their family (over the age of 18) for their consideration. 


The Police Federation of Australia 

If you have any questions about this study, please contact PhD Student, Ms Charrissa Chew-Moriarty via email:

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