Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

9 November 2017

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

Labor playing catch up on post-traumatic stress disorder

The Government is already taking action where Labor has failed on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

In the last session of Parliament the Hodgman Liberal Government introduced legislation to comprehensively investigate post-traumatic stress disorder being recognised  for certain occupations under the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act – which has been supported by the CPSU.

The legislation is a priority for the Government, it has already passed the House of Assembly and is due to be considered by the Legislative Council in the next two sitting weeks.

A report will then be commissioned which must be presented to both Houses of Parliament by October 1 next year.

In response all Labor could do was sulk saying in government they would “work towards” introducing their own legislation.

If Rebecca White wants to play politics by not waiting for the results of a proper assessment she needs to clearly explain how much her option it will cost and where the money will come from.

Other supports such as on-the-job mental health checks and improving workplace support and training have also already been introduced by the Hodgman Government.

Either Labor haven’t been listening or they are totally out of touch on this issue.

Ms White should further explain to Tasmanians why she blocked our legislation to protect ambulance officers from serious assault.

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