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Lights, Camera, Action… EMD’s in the spotlight

Channel 7 began filming at Brisbane OPCEN last week for a new reality show based around emergency call centres. Some lucky staff who volunteered to take part will get the opportunity to strut their stuff and show Australia the amazing work performed by our Queensland EMDs. Well done! We look forward to seeing the program when it goes to air sometime next year.

Registration update

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Ministerial Council have announced the establishment of the inaugural Paramedicine Board of Australia with the first appointments of the chair, practitioner and community members. Continue reading

Professional indemnity

As part of meeting obligations under professional registration of ambulance officers there will be a requirement for all ambulance officers to hold professional indemnity insurance. Your membership with United Voice provides you with professional indemnity insurance and once the registration board determines the level of cover required the union provided insurance will be adjusted to ensure all ambulance officers have this in place.

Enterprise Bargaining Update

For the first time since 2010 ambulance officers will have the opportunity to vote on a negotiated outcome around their wages and conditions in the form of a certified agreement. Unlike the previous Bligh and Newman state governments, Annastacia Palaszczuk has not taken the easy way out and run to the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission for arbitration around ambulance officers’ wages and conditions. She has taken the correct decision to ensure ambulance officers are no longer underpaid or undervalued, and we thank her and the Queensland Government for doing so. Continue reading