BULLETIN

Bulletin No:  139                  Volume:  22                                        Monday 1 August 2016

To: All CFA and MFB Members

UFU COMMISSIONED INDEPENDENT SURVEY NOW AVAILABLE  

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL AND CREDIBLE REVIEW WITHOUT THE AGENDA OF VILIFICATION

As Members have been previously notified in earlier Bulletins, the UFU has engaged an independent tertiary institution to undertake a review to ensure all employees have an opportunity to participate to provide their experiences regarding bullying, harassment and discrimination.

As Members are aware, the UFU has serious concerns about the lack of genuine independence and control over the VEOHRC Review that is being facilitated through the MFB and CFA.

The media sought by VEOHRC is of deep concern given that the report they provided to the CFA, albeit on their own admission incomplete and not to be relied upon was utilised extensively to vilify firefighters in the public arena.

VEOHRC has not attempted to rectify this vilification at any time.

Additionally the Union has received advice to the effect that VEOHRC had an distinct and inherent conflict of interest underpinned by a perception of bias and in these circumstances it is totally inappropriate for VEOHRC to conduct such review.

The UFU has notified members that it is not in your interests to participate in that review.

The UFU commissioned independent Review has been developed by the University of Newcastle to ensure its independence, credibility and validity.

 

THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INDEPENDENT, CONFIDENTIAL AND CREDIBLE REVIEW WITHOUT THE AGENDA OF VILIFICATION

Each CFA and MFB member is respectfully asked to participate in the Review that can be accessed via http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/survey/

Each CFA and MFB member has a unique identifier to access the survey.

 This ensures only CFA and MFB members can access the survey and that it can only be accessed once.   The University does not have the names or personal information of each member as the identifier only indicates which agency the member is employed by.

To ensure anonymity, and to prevent people completing more than one survey each, you will be required to use a unique (personalised) password key number to allow you to access and complete the survey.

  • YOUR UNIQUE IDENTIFIER WILL BE SENT BY TEXT MESSAGE TO YOUR MOBILE.

 

  • CFA AND MFB MEMBERS WHO HAVE NOT PROVIDED THE UFU WITH A MOBILE NUMBER WILL RECEIVE THE UNIQUE IDENTIFIER BY SEPARATE PERSONAL EMAIL.

 

For those that do not receive the unique identifier by email or mobile please ring the UFU to organise a method to receive that information.

Depending on your situation, the survey may take between 10 – 20 minutes to complete.

If you have any questions, technical difficulties or other problems with doing the survey please contact Melinda Hannan at coffeesurveys@gmail.com. The UFU is not directly involved with the survey and therefore all queries need to be directed to the this Newcastle University email address.

To go to the website to do the survey, click on this link: http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/survey/ and login in with your unique identifier.

For members who find the subjects raised by the survey upsetting in any way, there is a range of support available including:

MFB and CFA

Both the MFB and the CFA have support services which members are encouraged to access.  The contact details are as follows:

 

  • 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.

 

Services available to all:

On the beyondblue website https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ the following support services are listed that are external to the CFA and MFB and that are available to all.

The website has comprehensive information that deals with a range of mental health awareness and the support and help that is available.

The numbers for these services are as follows:

 

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Suicide Call Back Services  1300 659 467
  • beyondblue Support Service 1300 22 4636

 

UFU Welfare Officer

Ross Fusca has been appointed as the UFU’s Welfare Officer. 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 equitable workplace, with a number of his recommendations adopted by AFP management.

Ross will also have at his disposal the ability to refer UFU members to independent external services if required.

Ross can be contacted by members confidentially at: ufuwelfareofficer@gmail.com or 0477 884 456.

Strength in Unity

READ OUT AT MUSTER AND PIN ON NOTICE BOARD

Authorised by Peter Marshall, Branch Secretary