PA issues response to County Court decision

Paramedics Australasia has issued the following media statement in response to appeals won by two women who assaulted paramedics in Victoria.

Paramedics Australasia is the peak representative body for paramedics in Australasia. As a committed profession, we are deeply concerned to hear the news of today’s decision in the County Court of Victoria where two women had their appeals upheld against custodial sentences for the vicious assault of two paramedics in 2016.

We particularly feel for our esteemed colleague, Paul Judd in these difficult circumstances. Peter Jurkovsky, PA President said, “I personally worked with Paul in my own early career as a paramedic and there is no more genuine and compassionate professional in the service and I’m devastated to see his distress at this decision.

Whilst the peak body Paramedics Australasia doesn’t have the benefit of reading the decision delivered by Her Honour this afternoon, we cannot see how the fundamental penalty principles of general and specific deterrence can be upheld in these circumstances. We call on lawmakers to legislate that mandatory penalties for assaults against emergency workers be enforced in the future to ensure a proper deterrence is in place to protect paramedics and other emergency workers in their dangerous and difficult roles.

Our thoughts are with our colleagues who have suffered this disgraceful assault and trust that this type of injustice will never occur again.”