ADHSU comment on the tragic events of Friday

  • Published April 19, 2023
  • Industries

Last week the unimaginable happened and there are no words that can adequately describe the enormity of the event. A paramedic’s life was senselessly taken and so many others changed forever. Steven was a member of the HSU, a paramedic, a nurse, a father, a husband, and so much more. I send my condolences to all who are grieving and my support to the broader membership. As a former Paramedic I am proud and comforted to know that he would have received the best possible care from his workmates, and I know they will also now receive the best possible support from theirs.

A union’s role is to fight for a fair and safe workplace, and to hold employers responsible when they drop the ball. In this instance no fight would have changed the tragic outcome. But how we react into the future and how our members are supported can and will be a priority.

I have been in constant contact with the Chief Executive, Premier, Minister, and members in SW Sydney, and commend NSW Ambulance on the support services they have made available to all staff. I encourage members to reach out and use these services if you need.

It is important to note that alternate support services are also available to the HSU membership and your families through Foundation House for drug and alcohol services and Foundo Blue for mental health support.

Unions from around the country have reached out to pass on their support and have expressed a willingness to contribute to supporting those affected. HSU will be coordinating a black ribbon day on the day of Steven’s funeral, for those unable to attend and for the community to pay their respects. More information will be made available in the coming days.