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20
Oct

Rise of the Female Firefighter: Bushfire Brigade Ranks Filling Up With Women

Female firefighters across the country are increasingly taking on frontline volunteer roles that were once the sole preserve of men. Traditionally, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service’s volunteers were drawn from rural landholders with men fighting the fires and women in support roles. But the service has made a concerted effort to encourage women

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23
Aug

How Fire, Police and Ambulance Emergency Responders Deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Think of our emergency services and the traumatic scenes we expect these police, ambulance and fire staff to cope with mentally as part of their everyday jobs in our community. How do they deal with the harrowing sights that greet them at car crashes or fires where someone is killed?  How do they live a

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05
Jun

PTSD: Call for State Government to Recognise Occupational Stress as Cause

Emergency services personnel suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are calling on the State Government to legally recognise occupational stress as a cause for the condition. Niddrie man Matt Ross has spent the past year clawing his way back from the brink of darkness after years of exposure to trauma during a 20-plus-year career as a

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25
May

Violence against nurses is on the rise, but protections remain weak.

Two recent violent episodes against nurses in emergency departments have again highlighted the issue of inadequate protections for nursing staff. In both cases the nurses, from Wyong Hospital on the central coast of NSW and The Royal Melbourne Hospital in Victoria, were held hostage by knife-wielding patients. These cases seem extreme, but they are not

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