The Code 9 Foundation provides a place of support for current & veteran professional first responders & 000 operators who live with PTSD, depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions that result from their service to the community.

This support is available both in the ‘virtual world’ as well as via organised Peer to Peer ‘Catch-up’ nights, Coffee meet ups and other formal events.

The path through mental illness can be an isolating and lonely road.   At Code 9 we reach out and teach one another that they are never alone in their respective journeys, and we protect, support and encourage one another to do what is necessary to recover.


Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event ...


Diagnosis should be carried out by a qualified practitioner. We have listed the criteria required for the diagnosis of PTSD....


If you believe you are suffering from PTSD you should seek clinical help immediately. Here are some suggestions...

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Help The Code 9 Foundation to provide more life saving assistance dogs to those suffering from PTSD.
Your donation will assist The Code 9 Foundation in supporting the mental health of current and veteran first responders, 000 operators, and their partners and carers through a range of projects and activities.

What we do

  • Show all first responders that they are never alone.
  • Raise funds to sponsor assistance dogs through Assistance Dogs Australia
  • Hold partners and carers forums to help this critical group of people understand mental injuries and how they can best look after themselves alongside of their injured partner
  • Eradicate the mental health stigma within first responders and see that flow on to the community
  • Connect with former first responders to get them back among their mates
  • Promote positivity and healthy living
  • Offer advice to those that are struggling - to speak to a GP or psych and ensure that peer to peer support is offered
  • Educate those that are mentally healthy to ensure it stays that way
  • Refer first responders or their family members for clinical treatment

News & Media

  • 11 May 20

    In this first "Erin Talks" podcast for The Code 9 Foundation, I chat with the incredible Gill Hicks about parenting with ...

  • 27 April 20

    by Erin Cotter-smith - Associate Professor, Edith Cowan University

    There’s nothing that makes you feel as powerless as living with a partner with PTSD.

    This reflection has stayed with me for ...

  • 21 February 20

    7.30 on the ABC tonight featured Code 9’s new assistance dog, Codey!

    And also hear more from our Committee Member Rob, Founder Mark, and learn more about Ambulance Victoria’s incredible peer dog support program!  Watch it ...

  • 20 February 20

    Introducing Codey!

    Well Code 9 family, we have some pretty exciting news to share with you all!

    As you know, it’s our privilege to be able to support first responders and 000 operators who are living with mental health conditions resulting from service to the community.

    We’ve seen the power of peer support. And we’ve also seen the incredible impact of PUPPY ...

  • 21 October 19

    In this months issue of the Australian Emergency Services Magazine is The Code 9 Foundation's Research Consultant Erin Smith talks about protecting the mental health of our first responders in the first issue of her new regular monthly column “Let’s talk mental ...

  • 21 October 19

    This month our Founder Mark Thomas and Research Consultant Erin Cotter-Smith chatted with the Australian Emergency Services Magazine about the Foundation. It was a great opportunity to talk about how Code 9 started and to highlight who we are and what we do to support first responder mental ...

  • 1 October 19

    Peace Advocate and former South Australian of the Year Gill Hicks has been announced as the first Ambassador for The Code 9 Foundation.

    Gill Hicks is considered to be one of the most thought provoking, powerful and life affirming speakers in Australia. She is globally known as a survivor of the London terrorist attacks of July 7th, ...

  • 13 September 19

    One of our committee members, Julie, attended the Cargo Club of Australia Inc. luncheon today where Steve and Darren presented her with a $2,000 donation to the foundation.

    Incredibly appreciative of the Cargo Club and a massive thankyou to Steve and Darren (and others) who made this ...

  • 1 September 19

    A big congratulations to Julie Scollary who is one of our Project All In Scholarship winners. We'll be covering Julie's flight and accommodations and she'll be attending our symposium as our special ...

Thanks Code 9...