Human cost of inaction on paramedic mental health too great, says new Senate report

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February 19, 2019
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A new Senate report on the mental health of Australian first responders has recommended a review of workers compensation processes and vast improvements in workplace support for first responders with psychological injuries.

The report recognises the adversarial nature of managing a mental health injury and that it would be beneficial for good early intervention and adequate training and mental health support to be put in place for emergency services workers. It also addresses the use of independent medical examiners in workers compensation claims.

“The use of independent medical examiners must be reviewed,” said HACSU Acting State Secretary Robbie Moore. “Our members tell us the system surrounding workers compensation can make things worse, not better, and that needs to change.”

Robbie Moore said, “We urge the Tasmanian government to go beyond the introduction of Presumptive Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder legislation and implement the full range of recommendations made by the The People Behind 000: Mental Health of Our First Responders report.”

“The hard work has just begun and we will continue to advocate for paramedics on this highly important matter,” said HACSU delegate Simone Haigh. “Nobody is immune to the effects of trauma. We need to do as much as we can to support all of our emergency services first responders and volunteers.”

For more information about this or any other industrial matter, members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsutas.net.au or complete our online contact form