One of the negative impacts of alcohol abuse on Australia is the risk that our paramedics are being placed in by attending to scenes where people are affected by drugs and alcohol.
New South Wales paramedics have admitted to being verbally and physically assaulted at least 60 times this year and many have just accepted this threat of violence as “part of the job”.
Now new safety guidelines being introduced are aimed at protecting paramedics and addressing the issue of non-reporting of assaults and near-misses by paramedics.
NSW Health Services Union boss Gerard Hayes also urged more paramedics be hired, at least 1300 to keep up with the growth in the population. Find out more http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-04-29/assaults-on-ambos-increases-with-fear-just-part-of-the-job/9708608