New electronic screening of police officers

It is increasingly recognised by employers that early detection of mental illness is important with early intervention being associated with improved outcomes.  However, there is yet to be any consensus about how large numbers of workers can be screened in a feasible, economically practical, confidential and valid manner.

We have been working together with the NSW Police Force to develop a new online mental health screening tool, named the e-well check.  The eventual aim is to provide this tool for all operational police officers, but in late 2015 and initial pilot will be carried amongst 2000 police officers.  Ethics approval has been obtained to undertake a validation study as part of this initial pilot.