Finding answers

Mildura paramedic Brodie Thomas and Dr Evelien Spelten of La Trobe University. Picture: Louise Barker

Mildura paramedic Brodie Thomas and Dr Evelien Spelten of La Trobe University. Picture: Louise Barker

HIGHLY publicised cases of violence against paramedics and emergency workers in the media are just the tip of the iceberg, with many cases going unreported, according to two Mildura Latrobe University researchers.

Dr Evelien Spelten and local paramedic Brodie Thomas are conducting research into the violence against frontline healthcare workers, with a focus on identifying who the perpetrators are, an aspect which they said is yet to be studied.

It’s as calls ramp up for tougher penalties against paramedic violence, after two women were placed on community corrections orders instead of jail, after they attacked a paramedic in Melbourne in 2016, breaking his foot.

Dr Spelten and Mr Thomas said there was little to no evidence in the public domain currently on perpetrator identity, but through their research they hope to find out more and be able to contribute to a solution.

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