June 28, 2016

Assaults Against Paramedics Continue to Rise

Ambulance Tasmania is concerned more paramedics will be seriously injured as a rise in assaults against them continues.

The spotlight falls on levels of violence against staff as Bridgewater man, Mervyn Bowerman was sentenced to three months in jail for an unprovoked attack on a paramedic.

The Magistrates Court in Hobart heard the paramedic, who was yet to return to work, has suffered physical and psychological trauma.

Tasmania passed mandatory sentencing laws for assaults on police two years ago and the State Government is considering extending those to cover paramedics and firefighters. 

Assault avoidance training for healthcare staff