Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:08:00): My question is to the Minister for Health representing the Minister for Mental Health. Our emergency service workers sometimes witness the best of society but often witness the worst, as we have seen. Emergency service workers are exposed to death and serious trauma on a daily basis, resulting in complex mental health problems. The number of police officers, past and present, dying from post-dramatic stress injuries continues to rise. In 2017 the founder of Protecting the Protectors, Leading Senior Constable Glenn Holland, proposed a specialist Previous DocumenthospitalNext Document ward for emergency service workers. The ward would be separate from the general public and would identify the complex and specific health needs of emergency service workers. My question is: can the minister please provide further information about the steps the Andrews government is taking in order to ensure that those who serve our community on a daily basis are receiving adequate mental and physical health support?
Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (12:12:03): Thank you, Minister, and thank you for the acknowledgement of all our emergency services workers’ efforts on a daily basis and also for the advancement of the presumptive legislation which we proudly introduced as a motion at the very beginning of Parliament. Thanks for advancing that project. My supplementary question is: can the minister provide any insight into whether or not a dedicated Previous DocumenthospitalNext Document ward for emergency services workers is something that the Andrews government is actively considering?