Stronger Queensland frontline – more doctors, nurses, teachers, police, fire, ambulance and child safety officers

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Source: Government of Queensland

Headline: Stronger Queensland frontline – more doctors, nurses, teachers, police, fire, ambulance and child safety officers

As promised, the Palaszczuk Government has strengthened frontline services for Queenslanders with thousands of additional doctors, nurses, teachers, police, fire, ambulance and child safety officers employed across the State in its first two years in office.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the severe cuts to frontline services by the Newman-Nicholls Government degraded essential services in communities across the State.

“My Government committed to restore frontline services for Queenslanders. We know the critical role government workers play in our community, and this was recently highlighted in the response the Tropical Cyclone Debbie and the severe flooding that followed,” she said.

“The latest Public Service Commission data – for the December 2016 quarter – shows we have more doctors, nurses, teachers, sworn police officers, ambulance officers, fire and emergency services officers and child safety officers.”

Compared to the December 2014 quarter, the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers and teacher aides employed by the Palaszczuk Government increased by 4007, with an extra 3274 FTE nurses, an extra 1199 FTE doctors, an extra 295 FTE ambulance officers, an extra 212 FTE sworn police officers, an extra 122 fire and emergency services officers and an extra 71 FTE child safety officers by the December 2016 quarter.

“Nine out of every 10 government workers are in frontline or frontline support roles.

“The Government is investing $152 million over three years to employ 875 additional teachers, above those required to meet enrolment growth.

“In addition we’ve invested almost $9 million to employ an additional 45 full-time guidance officers to ensure that every Queensland state secondary school with 500 or more students has access to a full-time guidance officer.

The December 2016 quarter figures do not include the additional 94 police officers sworn in this year.

In terms of child safety, an additional 129 child safety workers are being employed this year with the Government committing last week to appoint:

  • 12 extra Child Safety Officers in major hospitals to improve information sharing and who can rapidly respond when doctors have concerns about a child’s safety;
  • 20 new nurses who will provide support and advice on drug and alcohol addiction and mental health in Family and Child Connect Services to work with families who are engaged with early intervention services and at Child Safety Service Centres;
  • The rollout of a Child Safety Quality Assurance flying squad to drive improvements in the way individual service centres respond to families using drugs, especially ice, and on mental health issues, and to strengthen and review the way staff work with families. The squad will help service centres to improve management and staff supervision, and boost data quality and performance; and
  • 12 extra child safety workers at the new Moreton Bay Child Safety Service Centre to help ease pressure on existing service centres in the region, including Caboolture. Two dedicated Child Safety Regional Directors will drive improvements at Caboolture and on the Sunshine Coast.

Media contact: Kirby Anderson (Premier’s office) 0417 263 791

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