SMH: Assaults on paramedics an unacceptable workplace hazard
Sunday’s article by Julie Power exposes the shocking cases of assault experienced every day by NSW paramedics. Power’s story reveals the harrowing experiences of individual officers who have been bitten, punched and attacked by patients who behave “like the zombie apocalypse and the walking dead”.
These are not isolated cases. The article also details the decade-long trend of attacks on officers, which has risen significantly.
These assaults are committed against the women and men whose job it is to save our lives. They work long, antisocial hours, deal with all of life’s gruesome tragedies and crimes and often perform heroic feats of bravery, skill and courage.
But in today’s society, with the prevalence of drugs, alcohol and family violence, they are at serious risk of verbal and physical assault.