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APA (NSW) Member Update – Better Protections for NSW Paramedics

APA (NSW) Member Update
Better Protections for NSW Paramedics
Tuesday 25 October 2016

Dear Member,
APA (NSW) has been pushing for better protections for NSW Paramedics.  APA (NSW) delegates and members have been meeting with local members and media and will continue to do so. Being an apolitical organisation, APA (NSW) has met and continues to meet with various political parties.

Meeting with Health Minister & Premier

APA (NSW) President, Secretary and Industrial Organiser met with Premier Mike Baird and Health Minister Jillian Skinner.

We used the opportunity to speak to Ms Skinner and Mr Baird about the need for better protections for NSW Paramedics by not only providing better financial protections but also by increasing staffing and exploring other injury prevention measures.

The Premier and Health Minister committed to the following:
• To review the current death and injury protection benefits afforded to NSW Paramedics. This is be undertaken in conjunction with the Unions. • To review staffing requirements to ensure that staffing levels match our increased workloads. Not just for paramedics, but also for support staff in control centres and education. • To convene an ‘injury prevention’ working group consisting of union, employee, paramedic and expert delegates which will focus on determining what measures need to be implemented to prevent paramedic injuries.
APA (NSW) will continue to liaise with the Health Minister & Premier to ensure the above undertakings are followed through.

What you can do – take action!

The commitments provided by the Premier and Health Minister is just the beginning. We need to continue to lobby the NSW Government for better protections for NSW Paramedics and we need your help to continue to fight!

We encourage you to get in touch with your local members and seek meetings with them. To assist and guide you, we have put together a Member Kit. This Kit  provides you with a step by step guideline of how to approach your local member of parliament, including a draft letter and talking points for the meeting. Should you require any further information or guidance, please do not hesitate to contact your local APA (NSW) Liasion Officer or the APA (NSW) office.
Regards,

APA (NSW) Executive

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