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Posted 30 Jan '18

APA (NSW) Member Update – Off Stretcher Status 

APA (NSW) Member Update

Off Stretcher Status

Wednesday 31 January 2018

Dear Member,

The new work instruction ‘Recording of Delayed Available (Off Stretcher) Status’, which has been circulated by NSW Ambulance (NSWA) as part of their internal 90 day challenge, is another step that NSWA has taken to move away from a cooperative relationship with its workforce.

APA (NSW) members have raised serious concerns about this work instruction, including inconsistencies with other NSWA policies as well as staff welfare. This is yet another instance where NSWA has failed to consult with APA (NSW) or engage with paramedics and support staff in what appears to be a desperate attempt to overcome critical staff shortages at the expense of their staff. 

APA (NSW) has indicated to NSWA that we are in dispute in relation to these changes and have asked for a dispute committee. We have also sought a status quo whilst further discussions occur which unfortunately the NSWA has refused. As such, we advise members to disregard the new document and continue to conduct themselves in accordance with the previous work instruction.

Should you face any difficulties with NSWA management please contact your local APA (NSW) delegate or the APA (NSW) office. 

APA (NSW) Executive 

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