Supporting communities through a focus on school staff wellbeing
Two new mental health supports are available to response to the impacts of the 2019-2020 Eastern Victorian bushfires, and subsequently the COVID-19 pandemic.
The department has partnered with Bushfire Recovery Victoria to extend the eligibility of two principal-class wellbeing services, Proactive Wellbeing Support Program and Early Intervention Program, to all staff across 49 bushfire affected schools in the local government areas of Alpine, Towong, and East Gippsland Shires. A list of eligible schools can be found here. (login required)
These expanded services are available from now until June 2023. They will provide targeted wellbeing support to teaching and support staff, who may be facing ongoing personal challenges or cumulative trauma, whilst still playing a very important role in delivering ongoing support to school communities who are still working to re-establish homes, businesses, farms, and general community wellbeing.
When school staff thrive, so do students and communities. Staff who are working in eligible schools are encouraged to access these newly available services.
For more information about this initiative please visit the Bushfire Recovery and Workforce Wellbeing intranet page (login required)
For queries or a confidential discussion about accessing these expanded services, eligible staff can contact:
Outer Gippsland Area
Michael Amos, Senior Project Officer
phone: 0459 903 690, email: Michael.Amos@education.vic.gov.au
Ovens Murray Area
Kim Mueller, Senior Project Officer,
phone: 0459 902 346, email: Kim.Mueller@education.vic.gov.au
Or, for general queries, please contact
Employee Wellbeing Response Team
Employee Health, Safety and Wellbeing Division
For information about mental health and wellbeing services available to all Department of Education and Training staff, refer to: