AEAWA Documents

Here you will find all committee and EBA minutes along with other important documents relating to all ambulance personnel. Specific documents such as JCC minutes and role specific information are found on the Paramedic, SOC or Transport pages.

AEAWA Minutes for 2021

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 27th October, 2021

Meeting officially officially opened by the President and the Executive Committee
09:00-15:00 on October 27th 2021

Committee Attendee’s
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Mike Hardwick, Dave Abbott, Conrad Fairhead, Gary Davies (Teams) and Dave Bryant (Teams).

Committee Apologies
Marty Kelly

Previous Minutes
Passed by Dave Higgins and Conrad Fairhead

AEAWA Membership
There has been a total of 21 new members signed this month.

AEAWA Treasurer Repot
The AEAWA Treasurer Marty Kelly has resigned from the organisation and therefore the AEAWA Executive Committee. We wish Marty all the best in his new career and would like to thank him for all the time and commitment he has personally invested. The AEAWA accounts are in a strong position and all expenses were presented to the committee. The process of appointing a new treasurer will occur at the upcoming AGM (to be announced soon). The interim AEAWA Treasurer will until the new position is appointed will be Lee Waller.

In line with the AEAWA Constitution access to the AEAWA accounts have been rescinded for the previous Treasurer and on advice from the AEAWA Lawyer, the number of signatures is to be increased to four, in line with current legislation. Those signatories will be the President, Vice President, Treasurer, and a member of the AEAWA Executive.

Current EBA Negotiations
The AEAWA discussed the latest SJA offers for both the Ambulance Officers/ Paramedics and the Transport Certified Agreements.

The Ambulance Officers/Paramedics Offer from SJA
Although there appears to be some movement across the agreements, there is some confusion regarding the proposed and accepted Transport Medic inclusion. SJA believe if the Transport Medic is accepted then the AEAWA should effectively remove items from the log of claims. Those items being resting facilities, meal breaks, shift extensions and pre shift vehicle checks because employing these Transport Medics will alleviate pressures on the paramedic workforce, especially when it comes to performing the pre-shift checks.

The AEAWA believe this will not be the case. How will a multitude of Transport Paramedics who can not respond to P1 calls assist paramedics performing vehicle checks when the ProQA P1s are banking up. The AEAWA will hold firm on the pre shift checks to protect our membership responding to calls if something goes wrong. The other issue is the Transport Medic WAS NOT part of the AEAWA negations log of claims, it was actually a better suggestion to the extremely unpalatable CAMC model originally proposed by the organisation at the start of bargaining. The AEAWA presented this option as a better alternative. The committee is to raise this concern at the upcoming EBA meeting.

Pre-Shift Checks
Once again in order for SJA to embrace the Transport Medic Model (which was actually a better version of their proposed model), the AEAWA were asked to drop the pre-check component of the claim. Effectively leaving all crews across the state to respond to priority calls the second your shift starts.

So basically, if you take the call immediately without doing the checks and something goes wrong, guess what…. You will be in breach of the Policy (you know…the one you can never find on connect, and the same one that changes on a weekly basis) and if you do not respond immediately to abide by this policy and check your vehicle before attending the call, guess what… You’re in the clear with those policies, but now you’re in breach of policy for not responding to the call in the allocated time. On the balance of probabilities, the AEAWA believe this is grossly unfair. This remains an open item during the EBA negotiations.

The AEAWA are happy and prepared to attend the Fair Work Commission over this matter to obtain a ruling.

The Ambulance Transport Offer from SJA
A recent offer was sent to the AEAWA for the Transport Officers EBA negotiations. Although there is some agreeance between the parties surrounding the claim, there are still some matters that need to be addressed in order to negotiate a fair agreement for the membership. Those being.

Working with an Ambulance Paramedic or Ambulance Officer (New Clause)
The AEAWA are not happy with this statement contained in the offer ‘the parties agree that in the event of an emergency and at the direction of the Chief Executive Officer (or their delegate), St John retains the ability to take reasonable measures to ensure the continuous provision of ambulance services and pre-hospital care’.

There have been issues in the past with SJA’s definition of ‘reasonable’. The Committee still have had no conformation from the organisation on the definition of a ‘reasonable’ shift extension? Is it 30-minutes? 4 hours? A week? There is no definition of a ‘reasonable’ time in which to receive an email response from SJA, some members have waited over 9-weeks for an email response from various departments. Reasonable is not a term we are happy with given the history.

Besides that, this inclusion effectively means that during times of ramping paramedics could be teamed up with Transport Medics to run the shift, simply because its reasonable, or if 6 crews book off, our crew configuration could change as a manger decides that being 6 crews down will ‘ensure the continuous provision of ambulance services and pre-hospital care’. Many of you reading this would think the same as we do…… These two emergencies of crisis occur everyday!

There is too much flexibility for SJA in this wording to undermine our Certified Agreement and hard-fought negotiated conditions, and this could potentially introduce significant roster changes and crew configurations.

Hours of Work Clause
Although SJA have stated the proposed Transport Medics will eventually work 24/7, there is no plan or assigned future discussions relating to this position? Where they will be located? How many of them will be implemented and what hours will they cover? The committee believes that removing items from our log of claims that address membership concerns for a role (with no collaborative planning) to be placed into our Certified Agreement could have dire consequences. Everything about this proposed position could be changed at any time.

Medic Work Limitations
SJA has included some terminology around the Transport Medic position. Effectively the organisation deems an urgent response to mean ‘an urgent, time critical response is required, however it is not considered an emergency or potentially life-threatening emergency’. This terminology gives SJA the ability to diminish the paramedic workforce and have medics respond to priority 1 calls. Throughout the negotiations this is something the AEAWA is not in favour of. It undermines the paramedic workforce, depletes our paramedic numbers and does not provide the community of Western Australia with the best ambulance service.

We need to ensure that this proposed model does not end up being the recently removed SJA CAMC model. In which we will eventually see a significant reduction of newly appointed paramedics.

The AEAWA are to respond to SJA at the next negotiations meeting.

General Business

AEAWA Executive Committee Appointee
Conrad Fairhead who has been a committee member for 3 years has been appointed to the AEAWA Executive Committee.

AEAWA SOC Committee Appointee
Liz Jaggard has been appointed to the SOC Committee and will be one of the shift representatives for Blue Shift

Parliamentary Standing Committee
As you will be aware the AEAWA Executive Committee met with the Standing Committee for yet another Ambulance Service review. Questions from response times, resourcing, depot locations along with many other service issues were discussed. The AEAWA submission for the inquiry was compiled by the Executive Committee and included issues raised by 216 members (that emailed their concerns to us). That information assisted the committee in answering numerous pointed questions on the day. Members are urged to watch these hearings which are now linked from the AEAWA home page.

AEAWA Donation
On behalf of the AEAWA membership a contribution was made for one of our members to assist him and his family through an extremely difficult time. For those of you who wish to contribute in some way financially a ‘go fund me’ page has been set up to assist and can be accessed by clicking here.

AEAWA Special Leave Donation
Leading on from the above item a proposal has been put together by the Committee to also assist this officer and his family as further time off work will most likely be required. Further detail will be provided around how this will work soon. This proposed bank of hours will also be made available to officers who also go through significant events in order to alleviate financial stress during extremely difficult times.

AEAWA Premises
The Committee are currently looking for a premises for the AEAWA to work from, along with full-time office personnel. The Committee strongly believe that with the workload the way it is (and it is increasing), we want to truly support our members in every way we can and believes that employing staff within an AEAWA premises will see that support continuing into the future.

Metro Station Manager Confusion
Numerous SMs have contacted the AEAWA regarding the Station manager disparity caused by the recently introduced pilot. Some SMs are reviewing P8 cards to return to their depots to complete their reports and are being left for the duration of the role they are performing. Others are being denied P8 cards or are called out to respond 2 minutes after being there. Feedback was provided to SJA relating to this matter but like most concerns are rarely addressed. The AEAWA will write to SJA Senior Management regarding this matter, and we are of the belief that until this matter is resolved the status quo regarding SMs should remain.

Transport Managers Questions Regarding Special Leave
Members contacted the committee over concerns they are being asked by management why they are applying for special leave, some of these directed questions are far out of what most would deem reasonable. The AEAWA will write to SJA to ascertain why these extra questions are being asked. In the meantime if any officers are contacted and they become concerned they are to contact an AEA delegate immediately.

Next Committee Meeting
The AEAWA Committee will meet again Thursday 4th November 2021 (09:00-11:00).

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 23rd June, 2021

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-09:30 on June 23rd 2021

Committee Attendee’s
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Marty Kelly, Dave Bryant, Dave Abbott and Conrad Fairhead.

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Earl Stamp, Lee Mack, Tim Dunlop, Brett Moore, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan

Previous Minutes
Passed by Marty Kelly and Donelle Carver

AEAWA Membership
The have been 29 new members signed up with the AEAWA this month.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and this was presented to the Committee.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence (discussed later in General Business).

The Current EBA Negotiations
The AEAWA are updating the membership via our FaceBook page, the website and via chatting on the road. Current we are placing much information regarding the negotiations on these pages. We urge all members to check these periodically, and if you are not on our Facebook page please join up to keep up to date.

Microphones in the Wangara Hub
As you would be aware our colleagues in the SOC have had a lot to deal with in recent times. Numerous issues over workers compensation claims – all denied by Allianz (even though they occurred at work using faulty workplace equipment), poor staffing levels and the worst morale the service has ever seen. The AEAWA after a multitude of meetings managed to replace the headsets to reduce injuries, currently this is only at the SOC. Members are urged to ensure you only use the microphones on all dispatch locations.

If SJA are not supplying them in Wangara, you are in YOUR RIGHT to decline to use the headset for safety reasons. REMEMBER YOU WILL NOT be covered for workers compensation injuries by SJA or ALLIANZ.

Another Dispute Has Been Raised
Currently the AEAWA are in dispute regarding all 27 and 47 vehicles. The AEAWA are in strong agreement that SJA is not committed as the Certified Agreement states in the permanent placement of vehicles. The committee will keep the membership informed during this dispute.

General Business

Item 1 – BankVic Salary Continuance Policy. The Committee would like to remind the membership that this policy is still available if you wish to review it.

Item 2 – Solo Officers Sent to the Ramp. The AEAWA would like to remind officers that this is still occurring, and that the clinical risk is significant if you choose to look after patients by yourself. If you are asked to take on this role please contact a delegate ASAP for advice.

Next Committee Meeting 7th July, 2021
The AEAWA Committee will meet again Wednesday 11th February 2021 (08:30-09:00).

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 2nd June, 2021

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-09:30, this was a short meeting to present the AEAWA Treasury Report.

Committee Attendee’s
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Marty Kelly, Dave Bryant, Dave Abbott and Conrad Fairhead.

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Earl Stamp, Lee Mack, Tim Dunlop, Brett Moore, Troy Bates and Justin Brennan

Previous Minutes
Passed by Marty Kelly and Donelle Carver

AEAWA Membership
The have been 17 new members signed up with the AEAWA this month.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and this was presented to the Committee. The full Financial Report was handed to the Committee and all discussion related to funds, transactions and payments occurred.

The Current EBA Negotiations
Issues relating to the EBA were discussed and further information will be made available.

Next Committee Meeting 16th June, 2021
The AEAWA Committee will meet again Wednesday 11th February 2021 (08:30-09:00).

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 27th January, 2021

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on January 2nd 2021

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Lee Waller, Marty Kelly, Dave Abbott, Andrew Kerfoot, Gary Davies, Christine Hunter, Cam Fiddock, Conrad Fairhead and Ed Doran.

Committee Apologies
Donelle Carver, Dave Higgings, Jon Flockton, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Lee Mack and Kam Phagura

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Thomas and Mr Waller.

AEAWA Membership
The membership has been increasing at a very fast rate, with up to 19 new members joining last month.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and this was presented to the Committee. The AEAWA Constitution has been passed and ‘official’ paperwork for the accreditation review of the association has been signed off.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence (discussed later in General Business). The website and the database work have been completed by the company sourced to provide the service. Handover of the website to the committee should occur shortly. A meeting is scheduled for Friday for the works to be presented to the committee.

Upcoming EBA Negotiations
These EBA negotiations will most likely be a difficult one. The AEAWA will have a total of six (6) seats at the negotiations. At this stage the committee would like to see four (4) metro delegates and two (country delegates (preferably from north and south as their issues are quite different). The Executive committee will meet within the next week or so to finalise the bargaining team. The draft for the AEAWA log of claims is almost completed and consists of the requests from over 200 members who filled out the EBA Negotiations Survey.

Claims from specialist areas such as ‘Special Ops’ and ‘CSPs’ are also near completion. At this stage, the EBA negotiations commence on February 17th, 2021 and we would urge all members to review committee updates on the website (when uploaded to the server) and on Facebook and emails.

Security Issues at East Bunbury Depot
No movement on this security issue seems to be occurring. SJA seem to be very complacent regarding depot and crew security and safety. This issue has been raised on numerous occasions. The AEAWA will arrange a further meeting with SJA regarding this issue.

Acoustic Shock in the SOC
Again, yet another acoustic shock incident has occurred in SOC. Although the officer did not receive any lasting effects, this issue is unacceptable and brings the numbers of incidents to over 30 and at least 4 of our colleagues in the room have had long lasting effects. Issues occurring are; loud acoustic shrieks piercing down the head phones, SOC officers hearing their own voices echoing back at them, constant differences in sound volumes and instances were radio dispatchers can here another dispatcher through their head sets.

The AEAWA will again write to WorkSafe WA and the SJA Executive as the time for discussions about poor, unsafe and antiquated radio systems have ended. For the safety of ALL SOC employees, this issue must be rectified immediately.

Boost in Emergency Service Personnel
Recent statements from the Premier Mark McGowan have revealed a significant boost in emergency personnel numbers across the State and the South West. 1,000 Police Officers and 87 Fire-fighters; not much discussion for ambulance personnel. With the workload in the metropolitan area causing detriment and poorer outcomes for
the people of Western Australia the AEAWA believes that any injection of personnel into the service HAS to be significant.

There is current talk of boosting our numbers through a total of 74 direct entrant paramedics, commencing a graduate paramedic program and placing 18 officers into country regions. The AEAWA will write to the SJA Executive to ascertain what increase in numbers is expected and when will those officers be introduced into the system.

Issues with student paramedic progression
Over the past few years there has been a number of SAOs who have failed a Curtin unit and have found themselves in a fight to save their employment with SJA. Some officers have progressed whilst others have been terminated. The progression clause is quite ambiguous and leaves a lot open for interpretation. The AEAWA are currently reviewing the fairness of this document for any future cases that require supportive actions.

Leave Without Pay
The leave without pay process appears to be unfair and not at all transparent. Some officers have received leave without pay after applying, while others have been denied.
The AEAWA will write to the SJA Executive asking why the process allows some but not all to have their requested leave approved. It appears to be personality driven.

Overtime Process
Currently the methods used for OT is to text officers, some texts go out in blocks so certain officers are alerted earlier than other. Different service providers send and receive message quicker than others. The AEAWA have always been in constant discussions with management over fair and equitable overtime dispersal. At this stage the organisation is reviewing an app-based system, so all officers received the information at the same time.

Performance Management in the SOC
SJA managers have decided to increase performance management of our SOC colleagues. The organisation wants to receive their ‘ACE’ accreditation through the Academy and despite forcing staff to use faulty, unsafe and outdated radio equipment, work with 70% less resourcing than the Government Inquiry into the service had set and declining to cover these individuals through workers compensation claims, the micro-management of these individuals has now reached a new level.

The SOC membership ALWAYS have the support of the AEAWA committee, and we strive to ensure NO officer is left with a negative leave balance due to an injury at work. The AEAWA are currently responding to the SJA Executive about this new poorly implemented process.

Further Fair Work Commission Hearings
Again, the AEAWA will be in the Commission to assist an officer this coming week.

Join the AEAWA Committee
The AEAWA now consists of 39 Committee members, some of whom are new, and others are well versed in industrial issues. If you would like to join this team and assist your colleagues in furthering our profession and keeping the establishment honest then contact a Committee member.

General Business
Item 1 – Cleaning Ambulances post suspected or confirmed COVID cases. The Committee received some concerns from the membership relating to the following areas; A  member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over cleaning of ambulances. There has been plenty of discussions regarding crews and PPE, but nothing relating to the cleaning of the vehicles once the crew has completed the call.

The AEAWA are of a strong belief that if you transport any patients who identify with the below criteria.
– Confirmed COVID cases,
– Suspected COVID cases.
– Any call on our AMBICAD that states ‘COVID’ ‘Precautions’, ‘Consider PPE’.
– And in reference to the DOH guidelines; any patients with.
– fever of 37.5C or above.
– fever in last few days (night sweats or chills).
– coughing, SOB, sore throat, runny nose.
– loss of smell or taste.
– Any person in self-isolation/quarantine.
– Any person in contact with someone in self-isolation/quarantine.

The vehicle is to be washed thoroughly with hospital strength detergents. If there are no facilities at the hospital to do this or no equipment available, then you state you need a P8 Card to clean your vehicle at the closest depot before your take any further calls. The call you make is NOT a request. This is following the World Health Organizations and the Department of Heaths directive.

Item 2 – AP1 officers in country regions. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over AP1’s tasked to country areas to work. The AEAWA have written to SJA regarding this. AP1s ARE NOT to be rostered to country regions. The minimum of AP2 was set by the organisation.

Item 3 – 9-hour break. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over being advised by a manager that they were not entitled
to the 9-hour break. The AEAWA would like to remind officers of the current Certified Agreement which states.

OVERTIME
(a) Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, any work performed outside the ordinary hours prescribed in clause 26 of this Agreement, will be deemed overtime and will be paid at the rate of double time.
(b) In the calculation of overtime each day shall stand alone.
(c) An employee recalled for duty outside normal rostered hours will be paid at overtime rates for a minimum of 3 hours.
(d) Where overtime is necessary it will, wherever reasonably practicable, be arranged so that the employee will have at least 9 consecutive hours off work between shifts.
(e) Where an employee at the direction of St John works overtime where they will not receive 9-consecutive hours off duty between the completion of a rostered shift and the commencement of the next rostered shift, the employee will:
(i) be released from duty until the employee has had 9 consecutive hours off
(ii) duty without loss of pay; or (iii) if directed by St John to resume work without 9 hours off duty be paid at double time until released from duty; and
(iii) will be entitled to be absent until the employee has had 9 consecutive hours off duty without loss of pay.

Item 4 – Patient Transport officers and dual transfers. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over being tasked to pick up two patients from the same location and transferring them to two separate locations. Crews have been asked to arrange staff members from the first facility to look after the patient in the back whilst they transfer one patient so they can return to transport the other.

The AEAWA will write to management regarding this. It is the committee’s opinion that this is an unsafe practice and should NOT occur. If the patient deteriorates who is at fault? Clarification from SJA Executive is currently being sought.

Next Committee Meeting
The AEAWA Committee will meet again Wednesday 11th February 2021 (09:00-11:00).

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 13th January, 2021

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on January 13th 2021

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Lee Waller, Marty Kelly, Craig Hubbard, Andrew Kerfoot, Clive Broome, Phil Stanatis and Justin Ingrey

Committee Apologies
Donelle Carver, Dave Higgings, Dave Abbott, Jon Flockton, Gary Davies, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fiddock, Lee Mack, Gary Davies and Kam Phagura.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Thomas and Mr Waller.

AEAWA Membership
The membership has been increasing at a very fast rate, with up to 26 new members joining last month.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and this was presented to the Committee. The question of keeping the fortnightly meeting room in North Beach for each meeting was discussed. The Committee decided that they would rather meet face to face than over Microsoft Teams (which will still be available for Committee members who cannot be present).

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence (discussed later in General Business).

Security Issues at East Bunbury Depot
This is still pending after a member of the public repeatedly tried to gain entry into the depot. For those who are not familiar with this depot, staff security does not exist. There is no secured parking and crews exit and enter the depot through a single door; often crews are near the bushes trying to access a lock box in order to obtain the depot keys. The AEAWA will again write to Country Operations to ascertain when security will be upgraded. A further meeting will be arranged dependent on that response.

Acoustic Shock in the SOC
Again, SJA’s poor failing equipment is injuring members within the SOC. WorkSafe WA has visited the Control Room on numerous occasions. These issues ceased for a period of time. Unfortunately, within the last week further injuries have been sustained. This on top of SJA failing to fix these issues, the organisation still have officers in the room who are owed time. This is unacceptable.

The Committee wants any SOC member who has lost time due to an acoustic shock injury to contact the AEAWA immediately. Working in such a poorly equipped area with limited resources and not being covered through Workers Compensation shows zero organisational support for these officers. The AEAWA seek further WorkSafe WA meetings and meetings with SJA Executive Managers in order to once again rectify these incidents.

Officer in Quarantine
The AEAWA Committee has been in constant contact and would advise the membership to please respect the privacy of this individual. A hamper was sent to the officer concerned to assist during this stressful time. This officer has support of the AEAWA Committee and the membership. We wish our member a fast return to duties, and for this issue to be resolved ‘fairly’.

SJA protocols for PPE
Regarding recent events with PPE, the Committee find it strange that no real discussions have taken place on suspected COVID-19 patients transported in Ambulance and the cleaning of those vehicles. The World Health Organization have written a protocol on cleaning Ambulances after transporting ‘confirmed’ and ‘suspected’ COVID-19 patients. The cleaning required takes approximately 30 minutes and should only be done with hospital grade detergents. At this stage there are no facilities or equipment for this to be done at hospitals.

Both the CEO and Premier Mark McGowan have both mentioned being ‘complacent’ around wearing PPE in an effort to reduce COVID spread; we believe this MUST also flow onto the cleaning of Ambulances. The AEAWA will write to SJA Executive Management regarding this clear instruction to be followed.

Hospital Liaison Officer Instructions
Recently there has been instances were HLM’s have organized crews to transport a patient out of the hospital whilst the crew is ramped; basically, instigating a one-for-one swap. This has caused some headaches for SOC members as dispatchers often assign these crews to community calls then find out they are now on a transfer. In the recent SOC meeting Management stated that crews take calls from dispatchers (inclusive or response time managers and duty managers) not HLM’s.

The AEAWA would like to remind crews to clear the call they are on before accepting a one- for-one swap. If SOC assign the transfer we will do it, if not we will take the call we have been assigned.

Upcoming Paramedic EBA Negotiations
The AEAWA have compiled lots of information for the upcoming EBA negotiations. In order for us to progress in our profession we would plead for all members to stick together during these negotiations. They will be ongoing and we urge you to stay informed and support the cause through the entire process. If you haven’t done already there is a survey link for AEAWA members to provide input in our negotiations. If you have any ideas or suggestions please comment in the below link.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG5VGQS

Members talking with Management
Recently there have been issues with certain managers advising crews that the discussion they are about to have are “off the record”. Member comments then seem to resurface during later disciplinary processes. The AEAWA Committee would like to remind all members that there is no such thing as an “off the record” discussion. If you are approached to chat about work related matters, YOU ARE ENTITLED to be supported through this. Please contact an AEAWA delegate if you are concerned at any time.

Join the AEAWA Committee
The AEAWA now consists of 39 Committee members, some of whom are new, and others are well versed in industrial issues. If you would like to join this team and assist your colleagues in furthering our profession and keeping the establishment honest then contact a Committee member.

General Business
Item 1 – Corpuls Checks. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over failed Corpuls checks. In light of recent SJA disciplinary actions on staff, this member was concerned with Corpuls’s that fail on the first check. Staff generally do further checks until the Corpuls passes. The question was asked “what would SJA do if a failed defibrillation was investigated and they found out that the first shock test at the commencement of shift had failed. The AEAWA believe that if the Corpuls does fail, the vehicle should be put out of service until the failure has been resolved by workshops.

The AEAWA will write to Clinical Governance to clarify for future failures of this device.

Item 2 – Leave Department failing to respond to requests. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over leave failing to respond to emails, officers are asking for leave swaps and aren’t even getting a response that an email has been received. The AEAWA have written to SJA regarding the failure to respond to officers. The letter included quotes from the previous Inquiry into the organisation where SJA was found to be inflexible with leave requests.

Item 3 – Delayed Response Times. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over patients in the community waiting for hours for a crew to arrive. Some of these patients are quite sick and often crews are met with angry responses. The Committee discussed the option of crews filling in Incident Reports for calls they attend in which patient detriment has occurred due to extensive delays in responding. The AEAWA would like crews who attend such cases to email the AEAWA to state an incident report has been completed.

Item 4 – Extra Duties Whilst on the Ramp. A member wrote to the AEAWA with concerns over taking patients for X-Rays on hospital beds. The AEAWA advise that patients on hospital equipment MUST be managed by hospital staff whilst being transferred within the hospital. We are NOT trained or authorised in using this equipment. WE ARE NOT HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES!

Next Committee Meeting
The AEAWA Committee will meet again Wednesday 27th February 2021 (09:00-11:00).

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Minutes for 2020

AEAWA Committee AGM Minutes November 2020

AEAWA Annual General Meeting November 11th, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee

AGM Attendees

John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Michelle Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Grant Huggins, Travis Kendrick, Chris Cox, Kyle Perkins, Dan Delpero, Kathryn Brookes, Peter Jones, Earl Stamp, Robyn McWilliams, Robert Hardy, Jaques Henn, Dave Bryant, Troy Sheppard, Mark Lyons, Callan McClure, Troy Sayer, Sue Kernaghan, Conrad Fairhead, Michael Hardwick and Julian Zacharias

AGM Apologies

Jon Flockton, Chris Smith, Gary Davies, Matt Neville, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fiddock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Lee Mack, Jon Nobel, Kam Phagura, Mike Ficko, Ed McClean, Declan O’Neill, Andrew Kerfoot, Phil Stanatis, Tania Hill, Brett Moore, Dale Reid, Clive Broome, Chris Brown, Rex Bullock and Ed Doran.

The Current EBA Negotiations
Discussions took place on the two current EBA negotiations.
1) The Transport Officers Certified Agreement
The agreement details were discussed with the membership; rostering, pay scales, flexibility of leave and issues relating the current Paramedic Transport Officer were presented.

2) The Communications Officers Certified agreement
The agreement details were discussed with the membership; rostering, the pay scales, flexibility of leave and issues relating to
staffing levels were presented.

Upcoming EBA The upcoming Paramedic EBA was discussed. The membership was advised that any recommendations for the committee to present should be emailed to
the AEAWA. The membership was advised to periodically check the committee emails and view any website and Facebook posts to stay informed. It was discussed that this EBA we all need to stand together in order to achieve a good outcome for the membership.

Member Benefits

The many benefits of being a part of the AEAWA were presented. Members were advised that their fees pay for these benefits.

Professional Indemnity Insurance – with up to $20 million coverage for Paramedics. This benefit is a necessity for our registration with AHPRA. This benefit is detailed and listed on the AEAWA website.

Journey Cover Insurance – is available which covers you through workers compensation when traveling to and from work. This benefit is detailed and listed on the AEAWA website.

Bereavement Cover Scheme – is a new benefit where families of financial members are forwarded a one off payment of $5,000 to assist in payments during the difficult time of losing a loved one.

Salary Continuance – is also a new benefit offered by the AEAWA and BankVic for a period of 2 years and incorporates 90% of your pre-injury salary. This benefit is detailed and listed on the AEAWA website.

Fair Work Hearings

The membership was advised of the past and current Fair Work Commission hearings on items.
• The CorpPuls – and the recording capabilities of the device.
• Secondments – and the lack of openness and transparency by the organisations for filling these positions.
• Underpayments – where officers had been under paid.

Were presented (ensuring confidentiality was in place to protect member details) to the membership. AEAWA future aims We are all volunteers who provide their time and expertise for free. Your Committee are not remunerated, paid or compensated in any way for the time they provide. The Committee is a self-regulated, self-managed entity
with no political influence or interference. Your Committee is run by your colleagues, we are all Paramedics, Communications Officers and Transport Officers. The Committee is made up of the Executive, the Committee and the newly established Depot Delegates, and You the membership.

The Depot Delegates

Every Depot in the State of WA that have Paramedics were given the opportunity to elect a Depot Delegate. This new role was to ensure that the Committee is made aware of issues within the various regions are discovered earlier so that the AEAWA can sort these issues as soon as possible. The vast majority of Depots across the State now have a Delegate (some have more). If you would like to come on board with one of these new positions please contact the AEAWA. There are many issues that are discussed in these environments, now the membership can discuss these items with a Delegate in order for them to present these concerns to the Committee.

What the AEAWA has achieved
The membership was advised of current Committee achievements;
• Favourable Fair Work Commission outcomes.
• A good strong membership base.
• A well versed and experienced Committee.
• Maintaining a well experienced team for members involved in disciplinary measures.
• Introduction of excellent member benefits

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position. This is due to a couple of factors, increasing membership and a very low cost structure used in the running of the Association. The financial position of the AEAWA was presented to the membership. As was the annual Audit performed by Anderson Munroe and Wyllie. The audit notes “The financial statements give a true and fair view of the financial position as at 30 June 2020 and of the performance for the year ended on that date of the Association.” The membership was given an opportunity to raise questions or comments, none were raised.

Amended Constitution
The membership was reminded of the notice of a resolution sent to them that we intended to amend the constitution. The members were advised that the amendments were available on the website. A brief outline of the amendments was given to those who had not reviewed the amendments. The membership was given an opportunity to speak for or against the motion. No members spoke. The motion was put in place and passed unanimously.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Committee are currently working on the development of a website (to update the current website) in which members can access all Committee, JCC, EBA and AGM minutes, along with accessing current updated information. Facebook seems to be the most appropriate medium for the membership to access important information instantaneously. The information from the AEAWA Facebook page will be made available on the website so that members who are not on this medium can access and see what is occurring.

A database is also currently being developed for the AEAWA Member Management System. Members were advised to check the website periodically for changes. The new website is looking at this stage to go live around midDecember, 2020.

Questions from the floor

What is the Committee doing for the ‘new’ employees regarding protecting the conditions we have and looking towards the future?

The response related to ALL officers understanding their rights at work, and having knowledge regarding policies, the Operational Guidelines and the Certified Agreements.
The newly appointed Depot Delegates can assist greatly in this area as they can talk to new employees about the conditions we have been fought for and maintained by members of the Committee. We as a whole should be standing together and understanding we can make real positive change in our workplace.

What are we currently doing in relation to the Joint Consultative Committees?

The Committee gather responses from the membership, then present those concerns to the organisation for discussion. The new website will have the status and progress of these concerns, along with what we can all do to minimise the stresses placed on members. The membership was urged to document their concerns and contact the Committee.

Meeting officially closed by the President and Executive Committee

The membership was thanked for attending the AGM, and were advised that a quorum had been achieved, and the changes to the Constitution would occur with their support.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 9th September, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on September 9th 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Gary Davies, Conrad Fairhead, Jon Flockton, Michael Hardwick, Gary Davies and Cam Fiddock.

Committee Apologies
Dave Bryant, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fidock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Gary Davies, and Brett Moore.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Kelly and Mrs Carver

AEAWA Membership
The membership has been increasing at a very fast rate, with up to 12 new members joining last month.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and was presented to the Committee. Other items discussed
included;
• Finance balance presented to the Committee
• Accounting package Xero commenced
• Bookkeeping review of the association.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence, which included letters to and from St John Ambulance. Items related to the website was discussed, these included a presentation of new website shown to the Committee, minor changes discussed, and final product will be presented to the AEAWA Executive
for signoff at the next meeting.

Membership Correspondence
No member correspondence presented at the meeting.

Legal Representation
Numerous Fair Work Commission attendances by the AEAWA Executive have been occurring. The Executive have met with various Lawyers in order to ensure the best outcome for the membership. The Committee has an excellent record at these hearings and hope to maintain that into the future.

AEAWA Upcoming AGM
Venues chosen. North Fremantle. Details to be sent out shortly to the membership for attendance.

AEAWA Delegate Training
The ability to have more representatives available to the membership the AEAWA are reviewing the idea of providing training to delegates who wish to enter the membership representation process. The Committee will oversee these training.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 1st July, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on July 1st 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Dave Bryant, Conrad Fairhead, Gary Davies and Michael Hardwick.

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Gary Davies, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fiddock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey and Lee Mack.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Kelly and Mrs Carver

Upcoming EBA
The upcoming Paramedic EBA was discussed. The membership was advised that any recommendations for the committee to present should be on the form of a survey.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The AGM items were discussed as well as catering for the membership. IT/Communications equipment will also be obtained.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Victorian Ambulance Union provides some great member benefits, and some of these were discussed. The Committee will reconvene in one month to see what we could include for our members.

AEAWA Membership
A total of 13 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight.

AEAWA Depot Delegates
The concept of Depot Delegates was approved and emails sent to gauge how well the membership would respond to such a change in the Committee structure.

General Business
Item 1 – Under resourcing. The community being forced to wait 50 minutes for an emergency ambulance and up to 4 hours for P2 calls is extremely dangerous for the public. SJA telling callers an ambulance is being dispatched when they know one won’t be available for hours. This IS NOT the call takers it is a company policy aligned with ProQA instructions. The Committee has approached SJA regarding poor coverage and reduced resourcing. There appears to be absolutely no indication from management about placing more crews on the road to manage the workload.

Item 2 – Reduced amount of working vehicles. Crews coming in to commence shift and waiting over an hour for an ambulance to return to the depot. Delaying emergency response to the public. The Committee will approach the organisation regarding the lack of vehicles at depots.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 7th May, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on May 7th 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Gary Davies, Conrad Fairhead, Jon Flockton, Michael Hardwick, Gary Davies and Cam Fiddock.

Committee Apologies
Dave Bryant, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fidock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Lee Mack, Gary Davies, Kam Phagura and Brett Moore.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Higgins and Mrs Carver

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and was presented to the Committee. Other items discussed included;
• Finance balance presented to the Committee
• Accounting package Xero to cost $25. – $50. Per month depending on the number of transactions per month.
• Bookkeeping – K. Banducci Quoted $75. Per hr and estimated 3 – 4 hrs to set up the Xero system and 1 hr per month ongoing to keep the system up to date. Passed by the Committee

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence, which included letters to and from St John Ambulance. Items related to the website was discussed, these included;
• Presentation on what the design looks like at this stage
• Added items suggested by the Committee was added into the system

AEAWA Membership
A total of 11 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight.

Upcoming AEAWA AGM
Venues for the AEAWA Annual General Meeting are currently being looked at. Food and drinks will be provided and members will be able to ask the Committee questions. A small AEAWA presentation will start the meeting. The Committee will be disbanded at this meeting and re-elected at a later date in line with the AEAWA
Constitution.

Membership Correspondence
There was no correspondence from the membership this fortnight.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 22nd April, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on May 22nd 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Gary Davies, Conrad Fairhead, Jon Flockton, Michael Hardwick, Gary Davies and Cam Fiddock.

Committee Apologies
Dave Bryant, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fidock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Lee Mack, Gary Davies, Kam Phagura and Brett Moore.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Flockton and Mr Davies

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and was presented to the Committee. Other items discussed included;
• Finance balance presented to the Committee
• Work being done in order to allow members to use their fortnightly AEAWA fees as a tax deduction.
• New financial software installed into the database to allow faster more streamlined use.
• Database amendments so that financial members who resign from SJA can be removed from the system

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence, which included letters to and from St John Ambulance. Items related to the website was discussed, these included;
• Building the membership database
• Updates on what is required from an Executive point
• Presentation on what the design looks like at this stage

FaceBook has been a great medium to disseminate information, unfortunately not all officers use this medium, the new website will have the FaceBook messages loaded straight into the news section so members not on FaceBook can receive the information.

AEAWA Membership
A total of 13 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight.

Impact of COVID-19
Due to the social distancing and the impacts COVID-19 has had, future AEAWA meetings will be online until further notice.

General Business

Item 1 – Priority 2 transfers. Crews constantly called to EDs for P2 patients that are clearly P4s and even transport suitable, to transfer the patient to an ED with multiple crews ramped. Some crews stuck with P2 transfers for over 4-hours. The Committee are in discussion with SJA management about the way crews are being utilised for low
grade priority transfers booked on an urgent P2.

Item 2 – Acoustic Shock incidents in the SOC. Members in the Control Room have had an extremely difficult time working with faulty equipment and receiving
ear injuries, which have been denied by Allianz the insurer (stating these injuries must not have occurred from work or leaving the first check up until 6 weeks post event so that the injuries subside and then deny the claim). The Committee have had numerous meeting with management about these issues and maintain a firm
line that any injury suffered at work is workers compensation. NO Communications Officer will be left with medical payments or lost time off due to these injuries.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 25th March, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on March 25th 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Dave Bryant, Conrad Fairhead, Gary Davies and Michael Hardwick.

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Gary Davies, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fiddock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Lee Mack, Kam Phagura and Brett Moore

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Abbott and Mr Kelly

AEAWA Portfolios
Discussions took place relating to what portfolios are required in order for the AEAWA to run seamlessly and provide members with consistency. Portfolios would consist of
1. Financial
2. Membership
3. IT/Website Design
4. Member Benefits
5. Member Representation
6. AEAWA meetings such as EBA, JCC etc

Upcoming EBA
The upcoming Paramedic EBA was discussed. The membership was advised that any recommendations for the committee to present should be emailed to the AEAWA.

Member Benefits
Member benefits have been well received by the membership, the Committee is currently reviewing even more potential benefits for the future.

AEAWA Depot Delegates
The concept of Depot Delegates was presented to the Committee in an effort to have a greater presence throughout the state. A document (FAQ) for the membership is to be developed and presented at the next AEAWA Committee meeting.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position, due to a couple of factors; increasing membership and a very low-cost structure used in the running of the Association.
Amended Constitution The AEAWA are required to amend their constitution, the Treasurer will update the Committee in upcoming meetings on what is required. These changes will be presented to the membership at the AGM in November.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Committee are currently working on the development of a website (to update the current website) in which members can access all Committee, JCC, EBA and AGM minutes, along with accessing current updated information.

AEAWA Membership
A total of 17 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight.

General Business 

Item 1 – Ramping. Crews are being asked to take patients for x-rays and requested to take patients for numerous procedures whilst on the ramp. The Committee will approach the organisation about this practice to ascertain the reasoning why this has become an ambulance issue.

Item 2 – Dynamic Deployment
Crews are being sent to locations, traveling 35 minutes to arrive at a depot staffed with a full complement of resources. The Committee will approach the organisation about this practice to understand who makes this decision, and what is that decision based on. We understand this is manager dependent; that is some Duty Mangers are more prone than others to initiate this practice.

Item 3 – Multiple Patients on the Ramp. Crews are being asked to take over multiple patients whilst on the ramp. This could be classed as a significant clinical risk. This member believes that sooner or later a patient will die on the ramp and SJA will blame that officer. The Committee will approach the organisation about this practice to understand who makes this decision, and what is that decision based on. We understand this is manager dependent; that is some Duty Mangers are more prone than others to initiate this practice.

Item 4 – Overtime Equality. Fulltime PTOs in some country regions are not given the opportunity to work overtime shifts, SJA arrange shift coverage with casuals, and if these employees cannot do the shift, the vehicle is closed. The Committee will approach the organisation about this practice to understand and try to collaborate in order to make it a more transparent and equal process in filling OT shifts.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 5th February, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on February 5th 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Kieran Hutchinson and Michael Hardwick

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Gary Davies, Earl Stamp, Lee Mack, Tim Dunlop, Conrad Fairhead and Dave Bryant.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Thomas and Mrs Carver

Registration under ASIC and FWC
The AEAWA are able to move from the State to Federal arena as an association. Directors of the association will need to be established (new ABN etc) and those Directors will form part of the AEA. Meetings interstate have been arranged and a total of 4-5 delegates from the committee will attend. This will make the association stronger. St John will provide information to the committee shortly.

SOC Bargaining and Pre-meetings.
The SOC EBA is approaching and meetings will soon commence with SOC members. Delegates have been appointed for the upcoming EBA negotiations and SOC members will be made aware of who those members are and meeting schedules shortly. Lee W will contact SOC members shortly to commence the process.

Transport Officer Bargaining and Pre-meetings.
The Patient Transport EBA is approaching and meetings will soon commence with our members in Transport. Delegates have been appointed for the upcoming EBA negotiations and Transport members will be made aware Of who those members are and meeting schedules shortly. After numerous discussions with many Transport Officers, a recruitment drive for future members has commenced.

This came after numerous officers approached the AEA to join as members. Some Transport Officers would also like to join the committee to assist with their negotiations, and general matters relating to their role. Any Transport Officer who would like to join the committee is strongly urged to contact the AEA.

Financial Position
Feedback from AEA members has been the dispersal of information. The AEAWA committee has tasked an IT specialist to assist in setting up multiple platforms for members to receive information. Administrators for the website and the various social media platforms were discussed. Kieran H, Dave H and Lee W will handle these platforms and will present that information at the next committee meeting.

General Recruitment
There are still officers throughout the workforce who are not aligned with anyone body in relation to employee representation. Delegates are urged to promote the AEA were appropriate. All Committee members tasked with this role. Feedback will occur via email amongst the committee.

Legal Representation
As there have been multiple incidents lately of disciplinary matters amongst the members, multiple representations from AEA delegates have occurred. Very few incidents require more than one of the committees experienced delegates to assist in the matter. However, of late some members have felt the need that a Lawyer is required to
assist in the matter.

The AEAWA are currently writing a policy relating to when other parties (other than your representative) are required to get involved in the process. This along with Lawyers’ fees were discussed. Dave H to write the policy and present at the next AEA meeting.

Portfolio Distribution
As there are multiple meetings (Commission, EBA, JCC & SOC) along with employee representations of late, for continuity it was decided to assign a committee member to a portfolio to assist were required. For the time being Paramedics (Country/Metropolitan/224/Day Van), SOC and Transport have been assigned with a delegate. Information will soon be made available on the AEAWA website shortly.

General Business

Item 1 – AEAWA Delegate Meetings. All AEA delegates are urged to account for time and specific tasks they have performed over the previous month. Representations, meetings and other association matters should be recorded. Confidentiality is of upmost importance. Officer names and incidents that could potentially identify an officer should never be disseminated. All delegates to provide that information once a month and the committee meetings.

Item 2 – Transport Officer App. The Transport Officers have an app in which they communicate with, it would be wise to contact our Transport Officers to see if they would like for the AEA to communicate to our members via this medium. Lee W will assist with this and relay back to the committee ASAP.

Item 3 – Student Paramedic Presentation. The college have invited the AEAWA committee (Wednesday March 5th) to talk to the new employees about to commence their careers on the road. In the past we have had numerous delegates present to the students, this will be an ongoing process for each upcoming school. The committee will explain our role, why we are required and what we can do for them as a group. John T, Donelle C, Lee W, Dave A will provide the presentation.

Item 4 – SOC Students Presentation. The college have invited the AEAWA committee (Thursday March 6th) to talk to the new employees about to commence their careers in SOC. The committee will explain our role, why we are required and what we can do for them as a group. John T, Donelle C, Lee W, Dave A will provide the presentation.

Item 5 – AEAWA Logo. Discussions have taken place regarding the AEAWA logo. Do we require a new one, should we align with South Australia etc. Dave H will provide numerous logo examples at an upcoming committee meeting.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and was presented to the Committee. Revue of association fees and revenue for upcoming financial year was discussed. Marty K will provide the committee with further details.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence, which included letters to and from St John Ambulance, the Department of Health and other various ambulance specific unions and associations.

AEAWA Membership
A total of 30 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight. Currently Dave H is greeting the associations newest members as they create an account with us. This has been working well and will continue in the future.

General Business 

Item 1 – Code of Conduct Policy
SJA have become very heavy handed with this policy, and numerous officers have in the Committee’s opinion been dealt harsh punishments without a shred of evidence being presented. SJA believe ‘on the balance of probabilities’ most employees are in the wrong. Certain ER staff seem to use this more than others. The Committee are in discussion with SJA management about the unfairness of this Policy.

Item 2 – Overtime Policy
Many believe the way SJA provides employees with OT is unfair, certain officers always appear to be given more opportunities than others. It does not seem a fair and equitable process. The Committee will always push for fair processes, and the OT Policy will be an agenda item at the upcoming JCC meetings.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

AEAWA Committee Minutes for 29th January, 2020

Meeting officially opened by the President and Executive Committee
08:30-10:30 on January 29th 2020

Committee Attendees
John Thomas, Donelle Carver, Lee Waller, Dave Higgins, Dave Abbott, Marty Kelly, Earl Stamp, Dave Bryant, Conrad Fairhead, Gary Davies and Cam Fiddock,

Committee Apologies
Jon Flockton, Gary Davies, Troy Bates, Justin Brennan, Tim Dunlop, Cam Fiddock, Craig Hubbard, Justin Ingrey, Lee Mack, Gary Davies, Kam Phagura and Brett Moore.

Previous Minutes
Passed by Mr Flockton and Mr Davies

Social Media Platforms
Feedback from AEA members has been the dispersal of information. The AEAWA committee has tasked an IT specialist to assist in setting up multiple platforms for members to receive information. Administrators for the website and the various social media platforms were discussed. The AEAWA Executive will manage the dispersal of information through all mediums.

General Recruitment
There are still officers throughout the workforce who are not aligned with anyone body in relation to employee representation. Delegates are urged to promote the AEA were appropriate. All Committee members tasked with this role. Feedback will occur via email amongst the committee.

The AEAWA Treasurer Report
The accounts of the AEAWA are in a strong position and was presented to the Committee.

The AEAWA Secretary Report
The Secretary provided information on incoming and outgoing correspondence, which included letters to and from St John Ambulance, the Department of Health and other various ambulance specific unions and associations.

AEAWA Membership
A total of 30 new members joined the AEAWA this fortnight.

General Business 

Item 1 – Code of Conduct Policy
SJA have become very heavy handed with this policy, and numerous officers have in the Committee’s opinion been dealt harsh punishments without a shred of evidence being presented. SJA believe ‘on the balance of probabilities’ most employees are in the wrong. Certain ER staff seem to use this more than others. The Committee are in discussion with SJA management about the unfairness of this Policy.

Item 2 – Overtime Policy
Many believe the way SJA provides employees with OT is unfair, certain officers always appear to be given more opportunities than others. It does not seem a fair and equitable process. The Committee will always push for fair processes, and the OT Policy will be an agenda item at the upcoming JCC meetings.

Next Committee Meeting
The next AEAWA Committee meeting – TBA

Meeting officially closed by the President
The Committee will re-convene in two weeks’ time.

The AEAWA Member Surveys

The Culture Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – November 11th 2021 – November 29th 2021

Survey Results – Click here.

The SJA Proposed 4x4 Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – August 1st 2021 – September 16th 2021

Survey Results – Click here.

Metropolitan Management Model Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – August 1st 2021 – September 16th 2021

Survey Results – Tabled. To view the results please click here.

SOC Acoustic Shock Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – August 3rd February 2021 – April 16th 2021

Survey Results – Tabled. To view all survey results and data please click here.

South West Pilot Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – April 11st 2020 – November 13th 2020

Survey Results – Tabled. To view all survey results and data please click here.

Paramedic EBA Survey

Survey Status – Closed

Survey Data Collected – June 29th 2020 – September 16th 2020

Survey Results – These results are still ongoing.

2021 AEAWA Correspondence

Here you will find the correspondence both to and from the AEAWA Executive in 2021.

Response to St John WA ‘Proposal’ dated 26th October 2021
Sent to the SJA Executive
28th October, 2021
On-going Delays in Processing Leave Requests
Sent to the SJA Executive
13th January, 2021

2020 AEAWA Correspondence

Here you will find the correspondence both to and from the AEAWA Executive in 2020.

Patient Transport Paramedic Trial
Sent by the SJA Executive
20h October, 2020
Access to basic Amenities at Hospitals
Sent by the SJA Executive
18th August, 2020
AEAWA Paid Pandemic Leave
Sent to the WA Premier
14th August, 2020
AEAWA Paid Pandemic Leave
To Bill Johnston MLA
14th August, 2020
COVID-19 Changes to CEP
Sent by the SJA Executive
19th June, 2020
Monitoring of Rest Areas at O'Connor
Sent by the SJA CEO
15th June, 2020
SJA CEO Response to COVID-19 Leave
Sent by the SJA CEO
17th March, 2020

2019 AEAWA Correspondence

Here you will find the correspondence both to and from the AEAWA Executive in 2019.

Corpuls Fair Work Ruling
Sent by Fair Work
28th June, 2019