Introducing SHIELD: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Officer Wellness at the Australian Federal Police

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This conference workshop presentation introduces SHIELD - the new, one-stop-shop health capability for the Australian Federal Police. Police are tactical athletes who require stamina, strength, and flexibility of the mind and the body. To support tactical athletes, officer wellness must evolve beyond traditional and disparate "mental" and "physical" health programs. SHIELD integrates physical, psychological, and social health, with human performance optimisation. Underpinned by evidence, SHIELD reflects the biopsychosocial approach to health prevention and intervention. SHIELD is a game-changer, shifting our focus towards supporting police as tactical athletes who are required to sustain high performance at all times.

Katrina J. Sanders

Chief Medical Officer

Australian Federal Police

Dr. Katrina Sanders is the Chief Medical Officer for the Australian Federal Police. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is the recipient of Australia Day Achievement Medallion 2019 for her work in health reform in support of law enforcement. Dr Sanders has experience working with private and government industry on health capability in support of strategic objectives including the Australian government response to the West Africa Ebola crisis and Australian Defence Force operations. She is internationally recognised as a key contributor to health in emergency services personnel through her architecture of a holistic approach to health and wellbeing at the Australian Federal Police. Dr Sanders is a key contributor to government and law enforcement policy on health.

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