More protection for emergency workers
EMERGENCY service workers provide an invaluable service to our local community.
That’s why I welcome proposed reforms to Victoria’s Work Cover system that will help protect the state’s first responders through better mental health care.
Under an initial 12 month pilot, paramedics, police, Protective Services Officers, firefighters and SES workers will have access to provisional acceptance payments for mental health claims, with plans to roll this out to all Victorian workers within two years.
These are significant reforms that recognise the complex nature of mental health issues such as anxiety and PTSD, and will help to minimise disruption and stress enabling emergency workers to focus on their health at difficult times.
In the aftermath of a traumatic event, it’s important that emergency workers get onthe-ground mental health support and early access to any specialist care that’s needed.
These reforms should go a long way to ensuring workers feel they are being fully supported by the government and the wider community. Travis Fewster (lawyer), Wangaratta