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2012 Australia Day Awards

Published 27/01/2012

Peter Kueffer, Clinical Director with the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) for over 11 years, has been awarded an Emergency Services Medal in the 2012 Australia Day Awards.

The Emergency Services Medal recognises distinguished service by members of emergency services across Australia, and people who are involved in emergency management, training or education.

Prior to his joining the SES he served as a volunteer for over 18 years with the Country Fire Authority.

Mr Kueffer's innovation in intervention and methodologies in dealing with trauma is leading the way in Peer Support and Chaplaincy programs which will shift the focus from reactive to developing and implementing programs for building resilience in volunteer emergency responders.

In 2003, Mr Kueffer organised and facilitated an effective peer response and ongoing support following the line-of-duty death of a volunteer. These interventions were subsequently published and used as a training tool.

Under his management, SES Peer Support has developed and gained a reputation for best practice, innovation and international leadership in the field and is highly regarded by the volunteers.

Mr Kueffer has shown dedication to SES volunteers' emotional and mental health needs and has always treated these needs as his key priority.