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Police Marched On SA Parliament House In Fight for Compensation

Several thousand police officers, their families and supporters have taken to the streets in a protest march at the provisions affecting them under the State Government’s new workers compensation legislation.

The rare protest — the last march took place in 1991 as part of an acrimonious pay dispute — was aimed at gaining support for a move to restore compensation and medical benefits for officers seriously injured in the line of duty.

The march, led by Police Association president Mark Carroll, his executive and workplace delegates, blocked two lanes of King William St and spread over two city blocks as it converged on Parliament House from Victoria Square.

The march was timed to garner support for an amendment to the Police Act being introduced in the Legislative Council later today by Family First’s Robert Brokenshire.

His amendment would restore benefits for injured police that have been taken away under the new Return to Work Act.

The Opposition and independents in the Upper House are planning to support the Brokenshire amendment, but the Government is opposing it and contending that seriously injured officers are adequately catered for under the Return to Work Act.

On the steps of Parliament House, speakers including Mr Brokenshire, Greens MLC Tammy Franks and Opposition legal affairs spokeswoman Vickie Chapman voiced concern at the predicament of injured police and urged the government to support the amendment.

“We want you to have the same protections as other police in the country, including the Australian Federal Police,’’ Ms Chapman said.

“It is utterly unconscionable to us the government won’t recognise the work police do. You sign that oath, you do the work and place yourself in danger for us and we respect that.’’

She said for the officers to be now in the position where they have to “go and beg for assistance with your arm shot off’’ was unacceptable and the Opposition would fight to rectify the situation.

Read more in The Advertiser.

SA Police Union To Demand More Tasers And Harm Minimisation Measures Over Compensation Changes

Police will demand funding for more Tasers and covert body armour if the South Australian Government does not support moves to protect officers from its controversial Return to Work scheme, the police union says.

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Lasting Scars From The Thin Blue Line: Former Mandurah Cops Fight for PTSD Compensation

Racked with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and frustrated by the lack of support he received from his employers, James Yates sat in his patrol vehicle contemplating death. It was thoughts of his family which stopped him pulling the trigger.

During his time as a police officer, Mr Yates came close to losing his life three times. Now medically retired from Western Australian Police, Mr Yates is fighting for compensation for medically retired police officers suffering from PTSD.

Also fighting for compensation is another former Mandurah cop – Michael Thornbury. It is almost a year to the day since he last spoke to the Mandurah Mail about his fight for compensation for medically retired officers. A year on, not much has changed.

Read more in The Guardian.

Source: www.theguardian.com.au

Police Workers Compensation Long Overdue

There is little doubt our police officers spend their lives in the toughest workplace in the State.

They are first to every crime scene, protect us from crims of all persuasions, and are there when we need them the most. At times they have the heart-breaking job of telling someone’s partner or parents the worst news they will ever hear.

Given this, it is astonishing that our police officers are not properly covered when hurt on the job. Workers compensation for police has been on the agenda since the 1990s.

Both sides of politics have talked a big game, but our medically retired police officers have been left in the lurch time and again.

Read the full story in Mandurah Mail.

Source: www.mandurahmail.com.au

Former WA Police Officers Suffering From PTSD Call For Compensation and Support

If you get hurt at work you’d usually expect to be covered by some form of workers’ compensation, but not if you’re a police officer in Western Australia. That’s because WA is the only state that doesn’t have a compensation scheme in place for its police. There’s also a serious lack of support for the families of police affected by post traumatic stress disorder.
But a group of former police officers and the wife of a serving officer are trying to change that: 
a group of former West Australian police officers who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder is fighting to establish a compensation scheme. Meanwhile, the wife of a serving officer has established a support group for partners and families of people suffering from PTSD. 

Read and listen to the full story on ABC PM.

Source: www.abc.net.au

Police On the Scrap Heap – PTSD Training For NSW Cadets Inadequate

When asked for all information on training given to police cadets about post-traumatic stress disorder, the NSW Police Service released two PowerPoint presentations that included a one-line reference to the disorder.

The presentation’s slides also include cartoons of animals with slogans including “Draw a cow”, “Sleep Well” and “Never Give Up”. Sydney psychiatrist Dr Hugh Morgan, who has treated many police officers suffering with PTSD over the past 10 years, said the slides were “inadequate to really address the issues that police will face in their line of duty”.

Read the full story in The Age.

Source: www.theage.com.au

Connecticut Police Could See Expanded PTSD Compensation Despite Opposition

Late Thursday and early into Friday the Connecticut Senate debated and eventually passed a measure that would increase workers’ compensation for cancer diagnoses and post-traumatic stress disorder for first responders.

“What it will do is allow people to go out and feel inspired as police officers, going out into the field and facing the things that we do and seeing the things we do,” said Connecticut State Police Union President Andy Matthews.

South Windsor Town Manager Matthew Galligan, who serves as the current President of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities said “now because somebody walks into a crime scene, we’re going to pay through the nose for the rest of our lives”.

Source: www.nbcconnecticut.com

Ed: Mr Galligan would be better served educating himself before opening his mouth again.