National Mental Health Plan for Emergency Service Workers

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is an Australian Government agency working within the Department of Home Affairs. The agency is responsible for coordinating and managing a national-level emergency response to help those affected by natural disasters, including droughts, bushfires and floods.

In 2020 there were approximately 43,000 paid employees and approximately 235,000 volunteers in the emergency services sector across Australia. Evidence from various research studies, inquiries and reports recognised that emergency services workers, including volunteers and retired workers, are more likely to experience mental illness and suicidal thoughts than the general population.

In response to this issue, NEMA developed two documents, the first of which was National Mental Health Plan for Emergency Services Workers 2023-2026 – Informing the Plan: Supporting Evidence, a 60-page book providing evidence from a variety of sources to inform an appropriate response. The response was articulated in a second book, the 18-page National Mental Health Plan for Emergency Services Workers 2023-2026 – A commitment to continued action.

In designing this set of documents, Bite was tasked with delivering two very important publications articulating the ‘problem’ and the ‘response’ in a clear and visually-interesting way. Because of the importance of their content, both documents needed to be easy to navigate and the information presented in a way that was easy to read. To achieve this, we provided text with a sensible amount of white space as well as support infographics to assist in the delivery of some data and statistics. The final publications were provided as accessible PDF files.

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