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.
One of the hot topics for United Voice paramedics is the ongoing issue of Ambulance Ramping at Queensland’s hospitals.
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.Read more
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.Read more
The Health and Ambulance Minister Steven Miles has announced funding that will see an increase in an extra 100 paramedics in place across Queensland.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more
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.