PROTECTING PARAMEDICS PARAMOUNT
Hume group manager John Morris says protecting paramedics across the region is paramount for Ambulance Victoria.
‘‘The occupation and violence side of things is a big focus in our workforce these days, which we put 100 per cent attention into,’’ Mr Morris said.
As the busiest brigade, Shepparton’s paramedics attend to the highest number of callouts, often helping smaller communities in the region.
‘‘We utilise the police in Shepparton for a lot of cases these days,’’ Mr Morris said.
‘‘We rely on them.’’
Ambulance Victoria’s 2016-2017 annual report states a 23 per cent decrease in paramedic injuries caused by violence and aggression across the state.
‘‘A focus within our region is safety for our staff. This is part of an ongoing process and is just as important to us as our patient care standards,’’ Ambulance Victoria acting Hume regional director Matt Chadban said.