QNMU Submission to Worker's Compensation Bill 2020

Published: August 2021

The QNMU welcomes the recognition of the cumulative impacts that exposure to trauma can have on a first responder’s mental health. In our view, the Bill offers the opportunity to acknowledge the vital work that first responders do for our communities and improve their access to workers compensation support.

Reversing the onus of proof for compensation for first responders to presume that PTSD is caused by their employment in the first instance, will also provide greater recognition for mental health injuries in the workplace.

The QNMU expresses resounding support for the Bill but wishes to make some additional recommendations that focus primarily on the nursing and midwifery professions.

Download the QNMU's submission on the Worker's Compensation and Rehabilitation Bill 2020