In late April the QAS relaunched the No Excuse for Abuse campaign in efforts to stem the ever increasing incidents of occupational violence faced by Ambulance Officers.
United Voice delegates were front and centre with the Minister for Health and Ambulance when the campaign was launched in Townsville.
Brisbane delegate Dan Nicoll put aside his initial nervousness and performed like a pro in front of the TV cameras in the Union’s response to this campaign which we have been a part of for the last number of years.
Just this week the Courier Mail continued to highlight the instances of occupational violence experienced by ambulance officers and the union provided the following statement in response resulting in Metro South State Councillor Torrin Nelson making comment to 4BC radio that same day
“Unfortunately these new figures reflect the level of abuse our members are now copping on a regular basis and come as no surprise,”
“Ambulance officers shouldn’t have to face this violence while going about their important jobs in the community.”
“They find it extremely stressful when they are physically and verbally attacked for trying to help people in need. Like anyone else, ambulance workers have the right to go about their duties in a safe working environment and come home to their families unscathed at the end of the day.
“There is never an excuse for abuse and our members should not be used as punching bags.”
“While much work has and is being done by the joint Paramedic Safety Taskforce ‒ in the areas of de-escalation and situational awareness training, improved information regarding previous violent incidents at addresses and the introduction of sedation drugs ‒ one incident of occupational violence is one too many.”