In a win for Queensland’s emergency service workers, they no longer need to prove they developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) while on the job.
The Workers Compensation and Rehabilitation and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 passed today allows first responders’ diagnosed PTSD claims to be deemed work-related so they can get immediate treatment and benefits under workers’ compensation.
United Workers Union commends Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace and the Palaszczuk Government for this significant legislation change.
Paramedic and United Workers Union delegate Robert Muellner said: “This is a weight off every paramedic’s shoulders. These new workplace compensation laws mean easier and quicker access to support.
“My colleagues and I have won the right to put our hands up to say we’re struggling, without fear of reprisal from employers or insurers. We now know the help is there for when we need it, as we continue to help others.”
United Workers Union National Ambulance Coordinator Fiona Scalon said: “Queensland’s dedicated ambulance officers are regularly in extremely difficult and challenging situations. Until these new laws passed, claiming PTSD through workers compensation has been stressful and challenging for our members who could face rejected PTSD claims and be forced to relive traumatic workplace events in the process.
“Today’s changes to legislation will ensure this won’t happen again. Moving forwards, this allows ambulance officers to feel more confident to seek treatment earlier and is the next step in breaking down the stigma perceived in the workplace.”
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