Photo: People with disability, families, carers and industry representatives join paramedics to discuss accessibility
On 22 November 2018 Ambulance Victoria hosted a Community Discussion Forum to help guide the development of our first Accessibility Action Plan.
50 representatives attended the forum including people with a lived experience, carers, advocates, peak organisations, service providers, State & Local Government and Ambulance Victoria paramedics.
Comments and ideas shared on the day included:
“It’s ok to sit with uncertainty and be guided by those around you. AV paramedics don’t need to understand every condition and disability they just need to recognise and value engaging with the patient, family and carers who can guide them.”
“Not only the obvious. It’s the hidden disability. You wouldn’t know. I have speech issues and have to be understood when stressed – I can’t get it out.”
“Community members could be invited to their local ambulance branch. To help understand about paramedics and the vehicle so that in an emergency there is less of a fear factor.”
“Ambulance Victoria could host monthly meetings where organisations could present and attend annual disability network conferences. Invite people with disability to be involved in training paramedics”
The conversation was meaningful and personal and there were some great ideas from all participants who spoke freely and openly about their experiences.
Our thanks goes out to everyone who attended the forum.