BULLETIN
Bulletin No: 005 | 4 January 2019

TO: ALL UFU MEMBERS

 

SUPPORT & WELFARE SERVICES AVAILABLE TO UFU MEMBERS 

 

Members’ health –physical, mental, psychological and emotional – is a matter of priority for our Union. 

In light of the recent Christmas/New Year period, and in the aftermath of protracted 2018 incidents such as the West Footscray Fire, the UFU respectfully reminds members of the following welfare and support services that are available. 

The UFU respectfully asks UFU Delegates to ensure this notice is printed and placed in an easily accessible and visible space at your workplace / workplaces within your District, so that all members, especially members who have recently joined, know that support is always available to them.  

 

CFA & MFB SUPPORT SERVICES

  • For MFB personnel there is 24-hour access to a dedicated counselling service with psychologists by calling 1800 451 138 or 1300 366 789.  If you call this service you can have immediate access to a psychologist via telephone or alternatively make an appointment.  This service is also available for family members.
  • Additionally, for MFB personnel there is an extensive peer support programme where a clinician can be accessed by calling 9665 4405 or 0407 665 174 or the Peer Coordinator on 0417 538 289 or 9665 4516.
  • CFA members can access Critical Incident Stress Peer Support by calling either the CFA Chaplain Service on 1800 337 068 or the CFA Member Assistance Program 1300 795 711.
  • The UFU encourages members to use the MFB & CFA Support Services. If members feel uncomfortable doing so, members can access the UFU Welfare Officer confidentially or external support services (see below).

 

UFU WELFARE OFFICER

UFU Welfare Officer, Ross Fusca can be contacted by UFU members or members of UFU families (i.e. partners, children, parents) confidentially at ufuwelfareofficer@gmail.com or on 0477 884 456. 

We encourage all UFU members to use this welfare service. 

About Ross

Ross was appointed as UFU Welfare Officer in 2016. He can provide assistance to members based on his wealth of expertise.

Ross comes to us with thirty years’ experience in law enforcement with the Australian Federal Police, attaining the substantive rank of Detective Sergeant. Within this role, he held the position of Welfare Officer (Victoria and Tasmania), encompassing portfolios including Return to Work Coordinator, Equal Opportunities Officer, Sexual Harassment Contact Officer, Aboriginal Liaison Officer and Regional Mediator.

Over this time, Ross successfully contributed to a safer and more equitable workplace, with a number of his recommendations adopted by AFP management.

Since 2016, Ross has had confidential contact with hundreds of UFU members and provides service to members free of charge.  His understanding of the nature of the emergency services, his own experiences at Victoria Police, and his training all contribute to the level of service provided by Ross to UFU members and UFU families.   

 

EXTERNAL SERVICES AVAILABLE TO ALL

Other external services that offer 24/7 support, as listed on the Black Dog Institute website, include:

LifeLine Australia – 13 11 14

MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78

Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467

BeyondBlue – 1300 22 46 36

 

As always, if members have questions or concerns about any of the above information, you are always welcome to call your Branch Secretary Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004. 

 

Strength in Unity
READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary