It is with some regret we inform you that, after consideration at a Special General Meeting, the Australian Paramedic Association (VIC) will be ceasing representative operations shortly.
As an organisation that relies on the availability of mostly full-time employees to volunteer their time, our Committee and Liaison Officers have been under increasing pressure in their commitments over a number of years. This has steadily taken a toll on them both professionally and personally. In many cases, sacrifices had to be made in order to maintain personal wellbeing and work commitments.
Our Association currently operates alongside two organisations with similar representative aims; each of these organisations, however, have their own employees to support their members. During a number of interactions between the three representative organisations and Ambulance Victoria, it has been seen that the collaborative approach favoured by APA (VIC) has allowed for the sometimes differing methodologies to achieve a common goal – that of working with AV for the benefit of employees regardless of their chosen representative. Although APA (VIC) is unable to continue its work, we are assured that employees will still have a choice in their representation – one of the primary reasons that the Association was initially formed.
On behalf of our members, past and present, we thank you for supporting the Association's work and approach to the representation, and for working with us to achieve common goals.
APA (VIC) Committee