The Australian Paramedic Association (Vic) is very aware of the concerning allegations currently reported by the media, surrounding sexual harassment and discrimination in Ambulance Victoria’s workplace. We stand by our members in support of ZERO TOLERANCE toward this gross misconduct.
We feel it is vital that this prevalent issue, and any other form of discrimination, harassment and/or bullying is discussed early and openly as a primary preventative measure. It is important to the Association that raising these distressing issues to your direct line managers, or higher if necessary, will not result in punitive action. Members should not feel at risk of repercussions which are detrimental to future career progression/opportunities or being shamed/ostracised by their peers.
We owe all complainants our respect and gratitude for raising a very divisive issue, at potential risk to their own careers and psychosocial health. We must support them and anyone else who comes forward during this challenging time, especially as debate will arise as more reports are presented for further investigation.
APA (Vic) is conscious that often when an issue of this nature is aired publicly it can trigger unexpected personal responses in people or remind them of unpleasant experiences of their own. If you feel you are in need of immediate support, please do not hesitate to access any of the following support networks, internal and external to Ambulance Victoria:
1800 626 377 (1300 MANERS)
Press 1: Peer Support
Press 2: VACU 24/7 confidential telephone counselling line
Press 3: Pastoral Care (AV Chaplain)
Press 4: Bullying & Harassment
Press 5: Police Statements and Court Attendance
Press 6: Alcohol & Other Drugs Advice & Support (8am-5pm)
Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 (24hr)
Lifeline 13 11 14 (24hr)
Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467 (24hr)
Other Social Supports
** This is not an exhaustive list. Further services can be found here
If any of our members feel distressed by the current debate or have personal experience of sexual harassment, discrimination and/or bullying in the workplace, we encourage you to contact the Association immediately if you require our support, assistance and/or legal advice.
(If you are not a member and have been exposed to distress or personal experience as mentioned above, please get in touch with the Association so we can discuss how we can assist you through this time. This is reviewed and assessed on case by case basis.)