Presumptive Legislation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was passed by the Queensland Parliament.
Thursday, 13 May 2021
The presumption of injury will apply to defined first responders and other eligible employees which are prescribed in the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Regulation 2014 to include:
traditional first responders who respond to life-threatening, otherwise traumatic incidents, where time may be critical to prevent actual or potential death or injury to persons, or to prevent or minimise damage to property or the environment. The occupations or professions captured are:
- police officers, ambulance officers and paramedics
- firefighters including volunteers and rural fire brigade
- State Emergency Service members
- corrective service officers
- authorised officers within child safety, youth justice staff members
- doctors and nurses working in certain areas such as emergency and trauma care and acute care
- local government and private sector workers performing the same roles, such as paramedics working in the not-for-profit sector or in mines rescue teams
- departmental employees who are exposed traumatic incidents such as fire communications officers or emergency medical dispatchers.
The RFBAQ would like to thank the Palaszczuk Queensland Government and every elected Member of the Queensland Parliament on behalf of all brigades and their members for this huge leap forward in supporting first responders and their families.
Can I access Counselling services?
24 hour Counselling Service
External Counselling Support
- Call 000 (emergency services)
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- MensLine Australia – 1300 78 99 78
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
- Open Arms (formerly VVCS) – 1800 011 046
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What does Counselling involve?
- it is a legal requirement to disclose information
- failure to disclose information would place the client or another person at risk of harm
- the client's written consent has been obtained to release the information to another person or agency
- at times an audit will be conducted, during which an external auditor will record clients' names and dates of sessions.