A former NSW police officer Nicole Sutton is conducting a study with the Southern Cross University, investigating the relationship between emotional intelligence and the psychological wellbeing of Australia’s emergency first responders.

You can read more about the study below, and if you are interested in participating, there is an anonymous survey that takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

Emotional Intelligence: A Key to Preserving our Front-Line Heroes’ Psychological Wellbeing

My name is Nicole Sutton and I have worked as an ambulance officer and police officer in New South Wales. I am conducting research as part of my Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) degree under the supervision of Dr. David Reilly. Our research aims to examine the hypothesis that emotional intelligence can act as a buffer against the harmful consequences of the accumulated stressors that Australia’s emergency first responders are exposed to daily. The results of this study may have implications for the development of training curricula that will enhance emergency first responders’ emotional intelligence and psychological wellbeing. 

Participation is voluntary and involves completing an anonymous on-line survey that should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. This research has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Southern Cross University (approval number: 2023/092).  

Click here if you wish to complete the survey.

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to complete this survey, it is greatly appreciated. We hope research such as this can help to improve the psychological wellbeing of current, and future emergency first responders in Australia.

Kind regards
Nicole Sutton

Chief Investigator: Dr. David Reilly
Department of Psychology
Faculty of Health 
Southern Cross University