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WA ambulance workers won’t have to prove PTSD was contracted at work

Jan 4th 2022

WA ambulance workers won’t have to prove PTSD was contracted at work

Ambulance workers in Western Australia will no longer need to prove their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was caused as a result of their jobs to claim workers' compensation.

According to the State Government, as from February 1, 2022, a PTSD presumption will apply to ambulance officers, paramedics and ambulance emergency communications officers.

The Government said the onus of proof will fall on the employer or insurer if there is evidence to rebut the presumption.

Health minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said ambulance staff are very important to the WA health system and regularly face traumatic scenes at work.

Industrial Relations Minister Bill Johnston said ambulance workers, who contract PTSD after a traumatic event at work will now be able to make a claim for compensation. 

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