First responders face a unique set of challenges
Recent research suggests that first responders face a unique set of challenges (shiftwork, exposure to potentially traumatic events) that can have a negative impact on their personal and professional lives. Much of this research however is focused on male dominated workforces with limited analysis of factors impacting on female first responders specifically. It is particularly important to understand the experiences of female first responders, and how this shapes retention and recruitment of females in the emergency services sector. This project is comprised of three separate but interrelated studies:
1. A qualitive study of workforce composition, performance, and wellbeing of South Australian Metropolitan Firefighters.
2. A quantitative study of the impact of work, family, and personal factors on female first responder health and wellbeing.
3. A mixed methods systematic review of factors Influencing the recruitment/retention/transition of female and male first responder workforces
This study is open to all female first responders across Australia. Data collection for this study is now closed with results to be released early 2022.
For more information, please contact Helen Frazer: [email protected]
Helen Frazer (University of Adelaide), Associate Professor Miranda Van Hooff (Military and Emergency Services and Health Australia (MESHA)), Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood (Phoenix Australia), Dr Amelia Searle (Flinders University)
Snowdrops Hope for PTSD: Australian Medical Women’s Memorial Research Fund-The Phoebe Chapple Memorial Research Scholarship
Expected Completion Date
Investigator (Associate Professor Miranda Van Hooff), Funder (MESHA, formally The Road Home)
prevalence, rates, mental health, emergency service, first responder, wellbeing, help-seeking, support, female, firefighter, recruitment, retention, well-being, family, risk factors, protective factors, review