Friday 13 April 2018
It comes as no surprise that members are advising us that the new superstations are not all they were made out to be.
The concept of fatigue management and staff well-being on station during a busy shift is nothing more than a hoax. APA (NSW) members are informing us of poor building design and ergonomics, insufficient facilities for resting during down times, and the ongoing intimidation towards staff who are attempting to ensure they are fit for duty during their shift – day or night!
APA (NSW) members – we have your back. The superstation is your home station. We encourage you to always voice your request for a crib, particularly if you are fluidly deployed between the fourth and seventh hour or between the eight and eleventh hour and are yet to crib, regardless of workload or time of day. This is an Award entitlement.
We will strongly advocate for members who flag the need for cribs, rest or the need to finish shifts at or as near to completion of rostered time as possible. We will also support any reasonable measures taken by members to manage their fatigue as a result of inadequate resources at your station.
We all know the real problem is that NSWA is heavily under resourced and until the NSW Government decides to wake up and take action, members need to look out for themselves and their colleagues.
APA (NSW) Executive
The Paramedics Union
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