Ambo Update

AMBULANCE WEEK

Ambulance week is a time to reflect and acknowledge, remembering those who have fallen, asking R U OK? and recognising the truly amazing job our paramedics, EMDs and PTOs do each and every day.

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ALL THINGS RAMPING

One of the hot topics for United Voice paramedics is the ongoing issue of Ambulance Ramping at Queensland’s hospitals.

 

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UTILISATION OF PRIVATE PARAMEDICS NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE

At a recent meeting of Ambulance State Councillors, concern was raised about the potential for QAS to implement the use of Agency / Contract and or Private Paramedics in light of Professional Registration and to meet peaks in demand.

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INDUSTRIAL WINS BENEFIT MEMBERS

Our industrial officers, organisers and delegates have been very busy these past months representing members in a diversity of industrial disputes and challenges. WH&S, bullying and harassment, transfers, flexible working arrangements, return to work planning are just to name a few.

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MINISTER ANNOUNCES BOOST TO AMBULANCE NUMBERS

The Health and Ambulance Minister Steven Miles has announced funding that will see an increase in an extra 100 paramedics in place across Queensland.

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Are you ready for professional registration

Applications for Registration to the Paramedicine Board of Australia are open as of 3 September.  Current Paramedics have until December 2018 to complete their applications.
 

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One-off registration fee

As reported in previous member updates, following representations from United Voice, the QAS has agreed to cover the one-off registration fee for Paramedics in order to support their current workforce being ready for practice under Registration.

At a recent State Consultative Committee meeting confirmation was provided by QAS that this will be a reimbursement to current employees and the detail of this will be provided as soon as the mechanism has been determined between QSS and QAS.


Annual increase to rates of pay

As of 1 September the second increase of the Queensland Ambulance Service Certified Agreement 2017 is payable as an annual increase for all employees. 
 
1 September is also the date for any movement between increments within a band of the classification based on – 

  • Satisfactory work performance and conduct of at least 12 months’ duration (unless otherwise stated) at the current increment level that is certified by the relevant manager; and
  • Maintenance and development of skills/Certificate of Practice.
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Professional Indemnity Insurance Secured

Ambulance officers are on the front line in life-or-death situations every day of the week.

It’s only right your commitment to essential work is recognised by the best possible support.

By ambulance officers joining together as proud United Voice members, your union has been able to secure professional indemnity insurance of $20 million for each and every ambulance member.

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General Business

Representatives of United Voice Ambulance State Council met with members of APAQ  executive today.  A number of issues were discussed.  It was agreed that communication between the Union and the Association would help reduce mis-communication to Ambulance Officers.  United Voice made the point that there is and should only be one Union representing QAS Officers, as to do otherwise allows organisations to be played off against each other.

Fitness for Duty Committee

United Voice participates on the QAS Fitness for Duty Committee as employee representative.  Rank and file members represent fellow members in these kinds of forums and the following is a report  on the last meeting from Laurie Ryan one of the United Voice Representatives on this forum.
 

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