Wednesday 20 December 2017
APA (NSW) has been consulting with NSWA to determine how the extra funds committed to by the NSW Premier would be utilised to reduce and ultimately prevent injuries. NSWA has put forward a wellbeing week which would provide staff with training in areas such as occupational violence prevention, manual handling and safety and mental health and wellbeing.
We note that this is basic training that should have already be in place by NSWA. Nevertheless, we are generally supportive of the training and believe the most effective way to provide this training is face to face which has been clearly communicated to NSWA.
NSWA have indicated that they wish to use the additional funds allocated to cover the cost of back-filling staff who are taken off road to do the face to face training. We have raised our clear objection to this as we believe these costs should come out of NSWA’s existing budget. The purpose of the additional funds is not to help NSWA with their resourcing issues, but rather to support the wellbeing of our paramedics by putting in appropriate measures to reduce/prevent injuries.
You would have received an email from NSWA asking you to complete a survey as to whether you wish to have this training delivered face to face or online. We find it disappointing that NSWA thinks that this important training could be done effectively online. We see this to be another penny pinching attempt by the NSWA instead of delivering proper training that staff desperately need. We encourage members NOT to complete the survey, instead please click on this email@example.com?subject=Wellbeing%20Week%20&body=Dear%20Paula%2C%20%0A%0AI%20write%20to%20inform%20you%20that%20I%20wish%20for%20the%20wellbeing%20week%20training%20to%20be%20carried%20out%20face%20to%20face.%20%0A%0AFurther%2C%20I%20wish%20to%20inform%20you%20that%20I%20do%20not%20believe%20the%20costs%20associated%20with%20backfilling%20staff%20to%20carry%20out%20face%20to%20face%20training%20should%20be%20borne%20by%20the%20additional%20funding%20provided%20by%20the%20NSW%20Premier.%20Instead%2C%20the%20NSW%20Ambulance%20should%20cover%20the%20cost%20out%20of%20their%20existing%20budget.%20%0A%0ARegards%2C%20” style=”font-size: 14px;color: #EB4102;font-weight: normal;text-decoration: underline;word-wrap: break-word !important;” target=”_blank”>link to let NSWA (and us) know that you prefer face to face training and that you do not want the costs associated with back-filling to be utilised from the additional funds.
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