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Question On Notice No. 368 asked in the Legislative Council on 9 November 2021 by Hon Peter Collier

Question Directed to the: Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Police
Minister responding: Hon P. Papalia
Parliament: 41 Session: 1
Question

I refer to the Employee Assistance Programme provided by the Western Australia Police Force, and I ask, will the Minister provide a list of service providers that are used for this service and, if not, why not?

Answered on 9 December 2021

The Western Australian Police advise:

Converge International is the Western Australia Police Force’s service provider for its Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

The EAP is available to all sworn and unsworn personnel and their families.  The service provider will allocate an appropriate clinician according to individual circumstances.  Noting, should the service user have an existing relationship with a psychologist, with the approval of the Director Human Resources or Chief Psychologist, the WA Police Force will authorise sessions to the same value as what would be payable under the contract.  In addition, police officers may access a service provider of their choice in accordance with their Industrial Agreement.

In addition, internal psychological and welfare support services are also available and provided by the Western Australia Police Force’s Health Welfare and Safety Division.