The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association is hosting the 2019 Frontline Mental Health Conference.

This premiere event is designed for all professionals working on the frontline of disaster and emergency management – from paramedics, police and firefighters, through to defence force workers and volunteers.

Featuring lived experience speakers through to mental health professionals and emergency service professionals, our program is diverse and inclusive. We provide a platform for all opinions, experiences and insights, to help break the stigma of seeking support for mental health when working on the frontline.

With support from industry partners and sponsors, we can continue to spread the word on an issue affecting thousands of professionals tirelessly working to save the lives of others.


  • Co-Chair Cameron Anderson, Deputy Manager, Emergency Operations, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria Government
  • Co-Chair Kate Martin, Director, College for Law, Education and Training
  • Brendon Marty, Project Manager, Mentally Healthy City, Tropical Brain & Mind Foundation
  • Dr Melody Fudge, Regional Director, Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling
  • Kevin Humphreys, Training and Checking Pilot, Queensland Government Air
  • Amanda Thomason, Director and CEO, Facing the Frontline
  • Andrew Coghlan, National Manager, Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross
  • Senior Constable Jessica Foster, Mental Health Intervention Coordinator, Townsville District, Queensland Police Service

Presentation Submissions Close
28 June 2019

Program Available
23 July 2019

Super Early-Bird Closes
2 September 2019


We are committed to improving mental health care for Australia and New Zealand’s first responders.

We’ve sourced some of Australia’s most influential experts in mental health, experienced in providing specialised service and support to workers regularly exposed to disaster, emergency, stress and trauma.

The speaker line-up also gives you the chance to hear from fellow workers in the front line, sharing their experiences in dealing with issues and instances that can severely impact on mental wellbeing.

To further our commitment, we will provide you with a library of resources, including all presenter podcasts and presentation slides. This will ensure you are equipped with everything you need to continue your educational journey long after the conference has ended.