Trauma leave for minister after exposure to 'unspeakable' reports

By The Mandarin

February 8, 2016

Victorian Police and Corrections Minister Wade Noonan will take three-months leave to seek support and counselling after being exposed to “unspeakable crimes and traumatic events” in his duties.

Noonan issued a statement on Monday, revealing he has sought professional counselling for trauma, and will be seeking leave from his cabinet role and member of parliament duties for three months:

“This has been a difficult decision but I believe it is the right one,” he said.

“It has been difficult to cope with the constant exposure to details of unspeakable crimes and traumatic events that are an everyday part of my role and the accumulation of these experiences has taken an unexpected toll.”

Premier Dan Andrews voiced his support for the decision, in the best interests of his health and his family” and commended Noonan for it:

“I support Wade in his decision to take leave while he receives the support that he needs. He has made a courageous decision that is in the best interests of his health and his family and I commend him for it.

“I wish Wade and his family all the best and look forward to him resuming his Cabinet and parliamentary responsibilities in due course.”

Robin Scott will replace Noonan as police minister in an acting capacity.

Need help? Want to help?

Australia’s worker safety authorities have tips for early prevention, recognising and responding to signs of work-related trauma.

Jurisdiction Authority Legislation
New South Wales www.workcover.nsw.gov.au

Phone: 13 10 50

Workplace Injury Management and Workers Compensation Act 1998

Workers Compensation Act 1987

Victoria www.worksafe.vic.gov.au

Phone: (03) 9641 1444

1800 136 089

Accident Compensation Act 1985

Accident Compensation (WorkCover Insurance) Act 1993

Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013

Queensland www.workcoverqld.com.au

Phone: 1300 362 128

Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act 2003
Western Australia www.workcover.wa.gov.au

Phone: 1300 794 744

Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981
South Australia www.workcover.com

Phone: 13 18 55

Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1986

WorkCover Corporation Act 1994

Tasmania www.workcover.tas.gov.au

Phone: 1300 366 327

From outside Tasmania: (03) 6166 4600

Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
Northern Territory www.worksafe.nt.gov.au

Phone: 1800 250 713

Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013
ACT www.worksafe.act.gov.au

Phone: (02) 6207 3000

Workers Compensation Act 1951
Commonwealth

 

www.comcare.gov.au

Phone: 1300 366 979

 

Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988
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