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    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Palaszczuk Government honours PTSD election promise

    Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services
    The Honourable Mark Ryan

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

    Palaszczuk Government honours PTSD election promise

    They are our community’s everyday heroes.

    Every day they are out there on the front line; Queensland’s first responders.

    Our police officers deal with traumatic events, often heroically.

    But they are human too.

    Sometimes those traumatic events have a lasting effect.

    It’s called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

    As promised at the previous election, the Palaszczuk Government will prioritise a greater focus on the impacts of PTSD.

    We have committed to undertake a review of current workers' compensation claims and clinical services relating to PTSD.

    The independent, expert review will begin in July.

    The Government’s commitment is that on receipt of the expert panel’s findings and recommendations, it will set up a stakeholder reference group to advise on the implementation of the necessary reforms.

    One in 12 police officers will be physically assaulted on duty each year.

    One in two police officers will have at least one debilitating mental health condition to manage in their life time.

    On average two police employees will commit suicide in a five period.

    This Government understands that we owe our front line workers no less than the best of care when they find themselves in need of assistance.

    This review is not related to the five yearly review of the workers’ compensation scheme due to be tabled in Parliament by 30 June 2018.

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