Wednesday 28 September 2017
APA (NSW) appeared before the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Emergency Services Agencies on Friday last week. The response to both our written submission and the verbal testimony has been extremely positive. Our submission, which included both public and confidential sections, was based on feedback from our members through our advocacy and member surveys.
We would like to take a moment to thank the members, who had the most difficult role to play in raising their experiences of bullying, in an environment where it is often not managed adequately and there is the fear of reprisals, this takes a lot of courage.
APA (NSW) will not stop advocating for our members, the Parliamentary Inquiry into Emergency Services Agencies is just one example of this. It is worth noting that the majority of submissions made relating to NSWA expressed similar concerns, which aided the Parliamentary Committee to gain a better understanding of the situation within NSWA. We wish to thank the individuals for sharing their experiences as this helps to truly bring home the serious impact that bullying and harassment can have, not only on the individual but also on their family, friends and colleagues.
On a positive note, parts of the submission and testimony by NSWA provides hope that the current leadership wants to truly address this issue and is prepared to take action. APA (NSW) has confirmed its desire to work cooperatively to achieve significant cultural change to both the CE of NSWA and the Minister for Health.
APA (NSW) Executive
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