Psychological Health & Safety for Paramedics
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Paramedics in Peel Region share their experiences with workplace violence
Violence Against Paramedics
The growing and complex problem of violence against paramedics has been described in the research community as an important public health issue - and with good reason: paramedics are a vital part of our community safety net; yet every day they run the risk of being abused, threatened, or assaulted in the course of their duties.
Together with Dr. Elizabeth Donnelly, I'm part of a team within Peel Regional Paramedic Services working to protect our paramedics from violence and mitigate the long-term health risks that come with it. The External Violence Against Paramedics (EVAP) potrfolio includes, among other things:
Developing an innovative point-of-event reporting process to document, track, and follow-up on incidents of violence perpetrated against paramedics
Providing paramedics with the tools, training, and procedural safeguards they need to stay safe
Raising the public consciousness on the harms from violence paramedics face in their work through a comprehensive public awareness campaign
Conducting research to better understand the scope of the problem, its consequences for paramedics, and the ways we can work collaboratively to strengthen paramedic safety
It is never acceptable to assault paramedics.
Collaborate With Us
If you're involved with paramedic service delivery in your region, learn about how you can join our research collaboration