Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Nulla quis nibh risus. Pellentesque euismod, nisi id porttitor facilisis, enim lectus pulvinar leo, eu placerat elit mauris vitae sem. Quisque sagittis accumsan mi, non tristique orci viverra sit amet. Maecenas ac elit vitae sem scelerisque bibendum. Donec viverra augue mi, quis dapibus libero. Aliquam sit amet pretium orci. Maecenas fermentum lacus non massa sollicitudin tincidunt.

Coalition Government supporting firefighters

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Today's announcement from Labor is an insult to Victoria's hardworking firefighters and would mean a significant funding cut to the psychological health support already being provided by the Napthine Government.

Record funding has ensured both MFB and CFA already provide millions of dollars for a range of health services to staff for personal or work related issues, including anyone suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This financial year alone CFA has spent approximately $1.8 million for the health support of firefighters, with MFB providing funding of more than $1.1 million.

Both career and volunteer CFA firefighters and MFB career firefighters currently have access to independent counselling services, peer support and chaplaincy programs, and all employees are provided with debriefing sessions following any critical incidents.

Today's announcement from Labor of $200,000 in support services for firefighters over the next two years would mean a multi-million dollar cut to a broad range of essential health services which are already available.

Once again Labor have failed to do their homework.

In addition to support provided by Victoria's fire agencies, firefighters can also submit claims through WorkCover.
Firefighters are also entitled to make a claim under the state's workers compensation legislation, for injuries suffered during the course of employment, including PTSD.

The average cost per PTSD claim for just one firefighter alone is $44,000, which clearly demonstrates that Labor's measly announcement of $100,000 per year will not go very far.

The Coalition Government greatly values the commitment of firefighters and the critical role they play in responding to emergencies and keeping Victorian's safe.

We recognise firefighters can be faced with exceptionally difficult circumstances and we are committed to ensuring their physical and mental health remains the number one priority.

pdfDownload PDF53.91 KB

Joomla Plugin

Media Releases

Friday 29 August 2014

Work underway on new inner-city mental health service

People with mental illness in the inner-city will soon have access to a new 10-bed short-stay residential prevention and recovery care service.   

Friday 29 August 2014

Investing in better training opportunities for Gippsland students

A new $500,000 facility at Federation Training’s Traralgon Campus will significantly improve access to tertiary education for local students, Minister for Higher Education and Skills Nick Wakeling said ...

Friday 29 August 2014

Victoria better prepared for bushfires

Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells today released the Napthine Government’s response to the final annual report by Bushfires Royal Commission Implementation Monitor ...

Thursday 28 August 2014

Napthine Government boosts recycling in CBD

Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith joined Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle in Melbourne’s iconic Degraves Street to announce $164,000 in Victorian Coalition Government funding to boost ...

Thursday 28 August 2014

New CFA board consolidates emergency management reforms

Nine members have been appointed to the Country Fire Authority board, forming part of significant reforms that will strengthen, modernise and broaden the CFA’s emergency management arrangements.  ...

Thursday 28 August 2014

Coalition Government to enable cannabis trials

The Victorian Coalition Government will amend the law in order to facilitate clinical trials of medical cannabis, Minister for Health David Davis said today.  

MORE MEDIA RELEASES