Critical Incident/Peer Support Group

Being a member of the Surf Life Saving movement by its very nature may mean that at some stage you might be involved in a critical incident. Not all people will experience a stress reaction to a critical incident and sometimes the stress reactions may take weeks before any reaction appears. Reactions are uncomfortable but are an important part of recovering and getting on with life. Symptoms will usually reduce over a 4 to 6 weeks.

Surf Life Saving NSW has engaged AccessEAP to provide a fast, professional and confidential service to members who have been involved in a critical incident. The costs of these services can often be covered by icare, and have been put in place to ensure the wellbeing of our members. After any critical incident, members are encouraged to fill out the WorkCover Notification of Injury Form. Insert link. This enables them to contact AccessEAP at any time in the following days, weeks or months to speak about the critical incident they have been involved in.

This form must be submitted to icare at [email protected] within 48 hours upon notification of intent to claim.

Further information is available from


Support Services

Critical Incident Peer Support Line (Access EAP): 1800 818 728
The following referral agency may be also be helpful for 24 hour emergency support:
Lifeline 13 1114