Ambo Update

PARAMEDIC SAFETY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

At a recent meeting of the Paramedic Safety Management Committee it was reported that the refresher round of the SAFE training is rolling out across LASNs. This committee is an ongoing body monitoring enhancements as part of the Safety Taskforce into occupational violence faced by Ambulance Staff.

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UPDATE YOUR DETAILS

Members will be receiving their 2019 United Voice pocket diaries in the lead up to the end of the year. Keep an eye out on the mail and update your address with the United Voice office if you have moved recently to ensure you don’t miss out at qldambulance@unitedvoice.org.au.


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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