AFP Statement - ANAO Report into the AFP’s mental health support services

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) thanks the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) for its review of the AFP’s mental health services and for its findings tabled in parliament on 7 March 2018.

The AFP accepts all six recommendations in the ANAO report and will implement them as a part of a new Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the organisation which will be finalised in the next two months.

In 2016, the AFP commenced negotiations with Phoenix Australia to undertake an independent review of our mental health services, separate from, and prior to the ANAO audit. During the past 12 months, the AFP has implemented several significant initiatives to improve health and wellbeing services for our staff, including the introduction of welfare officers. 

Both the ANAO and the Phoenix reports acknowledge that the AFP is a unique and challenging environment and our members have a high risk of exposure to trauma. The reports also confirm our commitment to deliver an improved, best-practice service to our members in the future.

The health and wellbeing of our people is our highest priority, and the AFP is taking careful steps to ensure we get our health support systems right, across the entire organisation.

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