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Hodgman Government failing in duty of care with cop out on PTSD

  • Government opts for another lengthy review instead of taking action
  • First responders need recognition and support for daily trauma they face
  • Labor will plan for presumptive PTSD legislation for Tasmania’s first responders

A majority Labor Government will stand up for Tasmania’s first responders with a raft of initiatives to support frontline paramedics, police and fire fighters dealing with post traumatic stress disorder, in stark contrast to a Liberal “investigation”.

Labor Leader Rebecca White said the Hodgman Government had copped out and unnecessarily delayed much needed support for frontline workers by legislating to stage an investigation into PTSD when the evidence was already clear.

“The Liberal Government is simply avoiding facing up to its responsibility to support our frontline first responders by introducing legislation to establish a committee that will not be appointed to start its investigation for another eight months and won’t deliver its findings until next October,” Ms White said.

“The state should be a model employer and we need to provide the best possible support to our workforce, recognising that our first responders are more likely to be exposed to traumatic events that impact their mental and physical health.

“Mental health is as critical as good physical health, particularly to Tasmanians in this frontline workforce who require access to care when they are on a daily basis responding to confronting emergency events.

“A Labor Government will implement a policy which will include on-the-job mental health checks, improving workplace support and training and encouraging staff to come forward and ask for help.

“We will also work towards introducing presumptive PTSD legislation for first responders.

“It’s crucial the high levels of PTSD experienced by Tasmania’s first responders are recognised and that we act to provide the support and care and training to address the trauma our first responders too often experience.”