Senate debates

Monday, 21 June 2021


COVID-19: Paramedics

4:37 pm

Photo of Jonathon DuniamJonathon Duniam (Tasmania, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries) Share this | | Hansard source

At the request of Senator Birmingham and pursuant to contingent notice, I move:

That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent motion No. 1135 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.

Question agreed to.

On behalf of Senators McLachlan, Small and Urquhart, I move:

That the Senate—

(a) recognises the selfless contribution of paramedics across our nation to Australia's efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic;

(b) notes that paramedics:

(i) are one of Australia's most trusted and ethical professions, and

(ii) during their service providing lifesaving care to those in need, are:

(A) at the highest risk of workplace violence compared with other healthcare workers,

(B) twice as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder than other emergency services workers,

(C) twice as likely to suicide compared to the general public, and

(D) have the highest risk of workplace injury of any profession in Australia;

(c) acknowledges the significant personal risk as well as the physical and mental health impacts that paramedics experience whilst serving as frontline health professionals in our community; and

(d) calls on state and territory leaders to ensure that those who practise in the field of paramedicine receive the support and recognition they deserve for their incredible service.

Question agreed to.