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Paramedics & Ambulance Officers

The AEAWA Executive Committee

President

John Thomas
0411 129 797

Vice President

Donelle Carver
0422 992 193

Treasurer

Marty Kelly
0421 900 110

Secretary

Lee Waller
0417 995 135

Executive

Dave Higgins

The AEAWA Paramedic Committee

Dave Abbott
0408 485 208
Wangara
Red/Green

Dave Bryant
9791 4999
Bunbury
Blue

Gary Davies
9192 0714
Broome
Green

Tim Dunlop
9334 6052
Osborne Park
Green

Conrad Fairhead
9334 6052
Osborne Park
Green

Cam Fiddock
9168 2844
Kunnanurra
Blue

Michael Hardwick
9314 7609
O’Connor
Black

Craig Hubbard
9301 2167
Joondalup
Blue

Justin Ingrey
0438 646 351
East Bunbury
Red/Blue

Jon Flockton
9791 4999
Bunbury
Red

Lee Mack
0409 682 834
Joondalup
Blue/Black

Troy Sayer
9364 9410
Melville
Blue/Red

Earl Stamp
6296 3595
Ellenbrook
Black

The Ambulance Officer/Paramedic Joint Consultative Committee

Here you will find information related to the JCC meetings.

Paramedic/Ambulance Officer Information

Here you will find information specific to Paramedics and Ambulance Officers; including your Certified Agreement and any AEAWA Statements relating to Paramedicine.

Ambulance Officers/Paramedic Certified Agreement
2021-2024
Ambulance Officers/Paramedic Certified Agreement
2018-2021

The Paramedic JCC Meeting Minutes

Paramedic JCC December, 2020

Meeting Date
13:00-15:20 on December 21, 2021

Committee Attendee’s
John Thomas, Lee Waller and Dave Abbott

Committee Apologies
Donelle Carver and Dave Higgins

Incidents of violence and aggression
A committee is to be formed to combat incidents of violence and aggression directed towards ambulance personnel. This training will be provided by peers and external resources. The AEAWA responded in regard to the previous meetings as the OSH representative that he believed SJA and the parties had reached a position where external providers were sourced to provide de-escalation techniques. This was advised by SJA that this was not the case and that the intention was to ‘train’ peers to deliver the program. The AEAWA are supportive of de-escalation training however, the AEAWA will not accept our members who get assaulted being held accountable for the actions of a violent patient or bystander, nor will we support an initiative in which SJA can ‘hang out’ the crew for being assaulted.

We are the only state in Australia that hasn’t had training in de-escalation techniques. The AEAWA reminded SJA that we are the ONLY service in Australia that has NOT provided Professional Violence and Aggression training to employees.

SJA employing yet another manager
Appointment of the CP Manager. SJA have felt the need to employ another manager for this group. SJA were made aware that in accordance with the Report on Government Services SJA are the most heavily managed ambulance service, these Government statistics were from 2 years ago (with 65% of employed staff being on road or in SOC). That was before the new senior management appointments. SJA believe they require more managers to make the business run appropriately. The AEAWA strongly stated that more ‘on road’ and in ‘SOC’ resources are required.  In essence what will managers do for the community of Western Australia who are waiting 4 hours for an ambulance?

More Country Paramedics
WACHS wanting more paramedics in the country regions. At this stage discussions between SJA and WACHS are occurring on where these resources should go and how many are required. Difficulty is WACHS want to fund these positions for two years, were once resources are placed into an area both SJA and the AEAWA want them to remain there. At this stage it looks like a mixture of paramedics, community paramedics or even PTOs. The AEAWA will seek further discussions with WACHS regarding these resources.

More Managers
SJA wanted to outline their new management structure. This recruitment of greater numbers of managers is for SJA to identify ‘inefficiencies’. This was met with an unfavourable response, SJA appear to be able to put management positions together extremely quickly, but never seem to boost the employees in green.

Hospital Liaison Managers
Hospital Liaison Managers are being supported and SJA believe that these positions are making a difference. The AEAWA do not agree with this statement. Our members believe that ramping is getting worse, and that the role CAN NOT reduce these issues. It is a wider health systemic issue.

Taking patients for x-rays whilst ramped 
Whilst on the ramp ambulance crews are basically becoming hospital workers; taking patients for x-rays and other testing areas within the hospitals. The AEAWA believe that this is a hospitals job, taking patients through the hospital system IS NOT and ambulance role, there are no policies on what to do, it has not been ergonomically assessed and what happens if the patient deteriorates. If a patient goes into these procedures, WE ARE NOT IN WITH THEM! How do we do observations and how do we assess the patient, who is responsible when the patient deteriorates.

Single Officers tasked to be a ramping officer
SJA is tasking single employees to become solo ramping paramedics. The AEAWA is amazed SJA is allowing this to happen. Patients are not being admitted into the hospital as it is too busy and the AMA believe taking care of multiple patients during these times presents significant clinical risk, however SJA believe that risk can just simply be placed onto single officers.

The AEAWA will not and never will support a single officer being on the ramp as this goes against all current policies written by the organisation. The clinical risk is too high.

Stryker Stretcher Update
LMS training has been in place for the current Ferno F50 stretchers which most staff have completed. There is a purchase order for 83 Stryker stretchers which will be arriving in 3 months and more will follow, The rollout will be initially for ‘new builds’ only as workshops require time to refit the current
vehicles. The training will commence shortly.

Duty Manager CAD Updates
Duty Manager Sending Out Information on CAD Regarding No Back Ups. SJA to review.

Pre Shift Checks
The AEAWA have asked SJA for the ‘minimum requirement for shift start’ for years as our members have come to work 15mins early to check vehicles so they could be available for 07:00 jobs and at no cost. Management were advised that officer’s shifts commence at certain times 0700 & 1800 and then vehicle checks, drug reconciliation etc. take place. Also if crews are dispatched without opportunity to check vehicles who is responsible for failed defibrillation or missing equipment etc. As SJA appear extremely unsupportive to the membership, the committee and its members now feel that this good will has ended. SJA advised the minimum a crew should be doing is the drug check, and a defibrillation check on the Corpuls3 to ensure monitor is operational. It was estimated by SJA that this check should take 4-5minutes.  We have asked SJA to provide that detail in writing.

Xmas cancellation of shift party’s and hampers
This was the CEO’s decision and all Directors stood by it. AEAWA made it VERY clear that this was a very poor decision and has had a major negative impact on moral State wide amongst all operational Staff. This decision was made worse with the announcement of a Xmas function for “Friends of SJA” plus all Directors received Xmas hampers.

Next Meeting
TBA

Paramedic/Ambulance Officer Surveys

The SJA Proposed 4x4 Survey

Survey Status – Closed

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

Survey Results – Pending

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.

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.

Paramedic/Ambulance Officer news

News articles and media reports relating to your employment will be situated here. If you find articles you think should go up here please email the link to the committee ([email protected]).

NewsParamedic NewsTransport

SJA Response to Minderoo Surgical Masks

The AEAWA has received a response from SJA regarding the Minderoo Foundation surgical masks. Despite the response indicating that the masks have been manufactured in accordance with Australian Standards, the packaging on these masks does not appear to indicate compliance with AS 4381: 2015. We also direct our members to…
Lee Waller
17 April 2020
NewsParamedic NewsTransport

Perth Hospital Ramping

Doctors are warning one of WA's main hospitals is at crisis point with patients facing long waiting times and being diverted away. Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital became grid locked with excess patients for two weeks sparking calls for upgrades.
Lee Waller
25 August 2019

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