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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 367 asked in the Legislative Council on 10 April 2019 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon M.H. Roberts
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on

POLICE — POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

367. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Police:

I refer to mental health concerns within the Western Australia Police Force.

(1) What is the government doing to address post-traumatic stress disorder issues for our operational police?

(2) Is the government considering any new operational procedures to tackle PTSD for currently serving police officers?

(3) Is the government considering any new legislation to reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions for our police?

(4) If not, why not?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided to me by the Minister for Police.

(1)–(2) I table the attached document.

[See paper 2611.]

(3)–(4) The government is working to introduce workers' compensation–like legislation for police officers who suffer a work-related illness or injury, including PTSD related to officers' service.