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Inquiry into the recognition and adequacy of the responses by State Government agencies to experience of trauma by workers and volunteers arising from disasters


Inquiry status:Past
Date commenced:17 Aug 2011
Tabling date:01 Dec 2012
Deadline for submissions:28 Oct 2011
Date Ended:27 Sep 2012
Committee:Community Development and Justice Committee (2008 - 2013)
House:Legislative Assembly
Important Information:
Terms of Reference:Community Development and Justice Standing Committee at its meeting on 17 August 2011 resolved to conduct an Inquiry with the following terms of reference:

With a focus on State Government workers and volunteers who work with, or under the supervision of, State Government agencies which are involved in emergency responses, the Committee will examine:

* whether existing agency responses adequately address the trauma experienced by staff and volunteers during and after declared natural disasters which have occurred since 2001;
* the barriers to those suffering trauma from accessing available assistance services; and
* the measures to mitigate any health impacts from trauma to those State Government workers and volunteers who responded to a declared disaster

Related Documents/Response to Questions on Notice:
Unless a venue is specified, hearings are held at the
Legislative Assembly Committee Rooms, Level 1/11 Harvest Tce, West Perth

DateTimeVenueOrganisationWitnessBroadcastTranscript
22 Feb 201210:00 AMMR1WA PoliceMr Gregory Italiano, Executive Director Insp Gordon Fairman, A/Divisional Superintendent Ms Angela Martinovich, Psychologist Mr Darian Ferguson, Director, Human Resources
22 Feb 201211:00 AMMR1WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services AssocMr Max Osborn, Executive Officer
29 Feb 201210:00 AMMR1Department of HealthDr Andrew Robertson, Acting Executive Director, Public Health
21 Mar 201210:00 AM
21 Mar 201210:00 AMMR1Australian Red CrossMs Ruth Lane, Senior Manager, Emergency Services
28 Mar 201210:00 AMMR1Fire and Emergency Services AuthorityMs Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources Mr Chris Arnol, Chief Operations Officer Country Mr Graham Swift, Chief Operations Officer Operational Coordination
28 Mar 201211:00 AMMR1Department of Environment and ConservationMr Keiran McNamara, Director General Mr Peter Dans, Director Regional Services Mr Alan Walker, Director Regional Policy and Projects
02 May 201210:00 AMMR4SES Volunteers Association (Inc)Mr Phillip Petersen
21 Mar 201210:15 AM
16 May 201210:00 AMMR4St John Ambulance (WA)Professor Ian Jacobs, Clinical Services Director
16 May 201211:00 AMMR4Mr David Bentley, Mr David Nelson, Mr David Mathews
23 May 201209:30 AMMR1United Firefighters Union of WAMr Frank Martinelli, President Mr Kevin Jolly, Secretary Ms Lea Anderson, Assistant Secretary
23 May 201210:30 AMMR1Department for Child ProtectionMr Terry Murphy, Director General
13 Jun 201210:00 AMMR4State Coroner's OfficeMr Gary Cooper, Acting Principal Registrar
13 Jun 201211:00 AMMR4PPC WorldwideMs Rose Zaffino, National Head of Clinical Services Mr Brett Butler, Manager Client Services
18 Jun 201210:00 AMMR1ChaplainsMr Ron Wingate, FESA Chaplain Cindy Monteith, SJA Chaplain
18 Jun 201211:00 AMMR1United VoiceMr Justin Ingrey, ambulance paramedic and Committee member
18 Jun 201212:00 PMMR1Department of EducationMr David Axworth, Deputy Director General, Schools Ms Maura O'Connell, Senior School Psychologist
20 Jun 201210:00 AMMR2Metro Volunteer Sea RescueMr Roger Howell, President
20 Jun 201211:00 AMMR2WA Police UnionMr George Tilbury, President Elect/Director Mr Brandon Shortland, Vice President Elect/Director Mr Jon Groves, Deputy Vice President Mr Tom Barratt, Research Officer
Videos:
Related Transcripts of Evidence:
Evidence by.. Professor Richard Bryant (School of Psychology, University of New South Wales) on 17 Nov 2011
Evidence by.. Ms Wendy Graham (Director, Disaster Welfare Services, NSW Ministry for Police and Emergency Services), Mrs Gina Mammone (Manager, Critical Incident and Counselling Service, NSW State Emergency Service) and Mr Paul Scott (Manager, Counselling and Support Unit, NSW Rural Fire Service) on 17 Nov 2011
Evidence by.. Ms Rosemary Hegner (Director, Health Emergency Management Unit, New South Wales Health and Superintendent Susan Webster (Acting Director, Special Operations Unit, Ambulance Service of New South Wales) on 17 Nov 2011
Evidence by.. Dr Craig Katz (Psychiatrist, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York) on 24 Jan 2012
Evidence by.. Professor Gerard Jacobs (Director, Disaster Mental Health Institute, The University of Southern Dakota) on 24 Jan 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Max Osborn (Executive Officer, WA Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services Association) on 22 Feb 2012
Evidence by.. WA Police- Mr Darian Ferguson (Director, Human Resources), Mr Gregory Italiano (Executive Director), Mr Gordon Fairman (Acting Divisional Superintendent, Forensic Division) and Ms Angela Martinovich (Clinical Psychologist, Health and Welfare Branch) on 22 Feb 2012
Evidence by.. Department of Health- Dr Andrew Robertson (Director, Disaster Management, Regulation and Planning) on 29 Feb 2012
Evidence by.. Ms Ruth Lane (State Manager, Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross) on 21 Mar 2012
Evidence by.. Fire and Emergency Services Authority- Mr Christopher Arnol (Acting Chief Operations Officer), Ms Karen Roberts (Director Human Resources) and Mr Graham Swift (Assistant Chief Operations Officer) on 28 Mar 2012
Evidence by.. Department of Environment and Conservation- Mr Keiran McNamara (Director General), Mr Peter Dans (Director, Regional Services) and Mr Alan Walker (Director, Regional Policy and Projects) on 28 Mar 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Phillip Petersen (State Emergency Services Volunteers Association Inc) on 2 May 2012
Evidence by.. Mr David Bentley, Mr David Matthews and Mr David Nelson on 16 May 2012
Evidence by.. St John Ambulance- Professor Ian Jacobs (Director of Clinical Services) on 16 May 2012
Evidence by.. United Firefighters' Union of Australia (WA Branch)- Mr Kevin Jolly (Secretary), Mr Frank Martinelli (President) and Ms Lea Anderson (Assistant Secretary) on 23 May 2012
Evidence by.. Department for Child Protection- Mr Terry Murphy (Director General) on 23 May 2012
Evidence by.. Coroner's Court of Western Australia- Mr Gary Cooper (Principal Registrar) on 13 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. PPC Worldwide- Ms Rose Zaffino (Head of Clinical Services) and Mr Brett Butler (Manager, Client Services) on 13 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Justin Ingrey (United Voice Committee member, Ambulance Paramedic) on 18 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Ronald Wingate (Chaplain, Fire and Emergency Services Authority) on 18 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. Department of Education- Mr David Axworthy (Deputy Director General) and Mrs Maura O'Connell (School Psychologist) on 18 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. WA Police Union- Mr George Tilbury (President Elect/Director), Mr Brandon Shortland (Vice-President Elect), Mr Thomas Barratt (Research Officer) and Sergeant Jon Groves (Vice-President) on 20 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Roger Howell (President, Metropolitan Volunteer Sea Rescue) on 20 Jun 2012
Evidence by.. Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria- Mr Allan Monti (Executive Officer, Volunteer Brigade Captain), Ms Sue Bull (Field Officer) and Mr Timothy Desmond (Volunteer Lieutenant) on 2 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. The Police Association of Victoria- Mr Bruce McKenzie (Assistant Secretary) and Mr Christopher Kennedy (Industrial Relations Manager) on 2 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Ambulance Victoria- Ms Heather Bancroft (Clinical Director, Counselling Unit) and Mr Gregory Leach (Regional Manager, Grampians Region, and Volunteers Portfolio) on 2 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Peter Kueffer (Clinical Director/Psychologist, Victoria State Emergency Service), Mr Neil Hedger (Chairperson, Victoria Emergency Service Association) and Mr William Johnson (Vice Chair, Victoria Emergency Service Association) on 2 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Professor David Forbes (Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health) on 2 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Dr Richard Thorton (Deputy CEO, Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre Ltd) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. VIC Metropolitan Fire Brigade- Ms Sue Jamieson (Employee Assistance Coordinator) and Mr Rodney Egglestone (Peer Support Coordinator) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Victoria Police- Mr Joe Gazis (Clinical Adviser, Welfare Services/Peer Support), Inspector Danny Bodycoat (Wellbeing Services) and Ms Michelle Spinks (Social Worker, Police Psychology) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Dr Rob Gordon (Consultant Psychologist, Australian Psychological Society) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Andrew Coghlan (National Manager, Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Country Fire Authority Victoria- Mr Paul Garvey (Executive Manager, People and Culture), Ms Angela Seach (Manager, Organisational Wellbeing) and Mr Patrick O'Brien (Regional Director, Loddon Mallee Region) on 3 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Emergency Management Queensland- Mr Stephen Grant (Executive Director, Operations), Mr Brian Cox (Director, Disaster Management Services) and Mr Peter Jeffrey (Director, State Emergency Service) on 5 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Queensland Police Service- Mr Andrew Henderson (Assistant Commissioner), Mr Colin Anderson (Director, Safety and Wellbeing) and Ms Eve Gavel (Manager, Employee Wellbeing) on 5 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. United Firefighters' Union Queensland- Mr John Oliver (State Sercretary) and Mr Luke Donaldson (Research Assistant) on 5 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Queensland Ambulance Service- Mr Paul Scully (Manager, Counsellor Staff Support Services) and Mr Todd Wehr (Staff Counsellor) on 5 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Mr Justin Choveaux (Acting Chief Executive Officer, Rural Fire Brigades Association Queensland Inc.) on 6 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Australian Customs and Border Protection Service- Dr Ben Evans (Regional Director, Queensland) and Ms Rebecca Pollock (Manager, Regional People Services, Queensland) on 6 Jul 2012
Evidence by.. Ms Barbara Gonda (Manager, FireCare, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service) on 6 Jul 2012
Related Reports:
Report No Title Date tabled Related documents
10 The Toll of Trauma on Western Australian Emergency Staff and Volunteers27 Sep 2012