Safety Taskforce

The Paramedic Safety Taskforce handed down its final report in April and since then 10 of the 15 Taskforces recommendations have been fully completed with the remaining 5 to be finished by the end of the year. 

These recommendations have seen the following initiatives implemented so far:

  • more than 3,000 paramedics have completed the revised SAFE2 training, the remaining frontline paramedics have the opportunity to undertake training by December 2016

  • chemical sedation medication (Droperidol) for all Advanced Care Paramedics is set to be introduced this month

  • the public awareness campaign aimed at minimising violence against paramedics and healthcare workers was rolled out earlier this year

  • 116 Push to Talk radios are being rolled out progressively to LASNs in Torres and Cape, North West, Townsville, Mackay, Central West, Central Queensland, Wide Bay, South West and Darling Downs

  • work on incorporating vehicle technology options aimed at improving paramedic safety, including covert duress systems and non-recorded patient compartment visual monitoring systems is underway

  • improved information sharing between the QPS and the QAS Computer Aided Dispatch platforms will ideally be implemented in December as long as the current request is approved

  • an interim literature review report was delivered in August regarding the management of occupational violence in ambulance services

  • and the LASN Directive 02-16 – QAS Occupational Violence Management Process was released on 29 April 2016, along with the associated QAS Injury and Illness Guideline, QAS Injury and Illness Information Package, Investigation Analysis Report and the Pathway diagram.

These are some positive first steps and the United Voice members on the Taskforce can be proud of the work they did in developing the recommendations. While more work is needed to ensure the remaining recommendations are implemented swiftly, and United Voice is seeking further information about the timeframes around the rollout of duress buttons for the entire state, this continued collaboration to improve ambulance officer safety is key to ensure positive change continues. 

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