Ad Campaign Aims to Stop Violence Against Paramedics and Hospital Workers

Ad Campaign to Protect Paramedics and Health Workers

The Australian state of Queensland has recently launched a graphic public ad campaign in an attempt to reduce violence perpetrated against first responders and hospital workers. According to The Courier Mail, the campaign comes after more than 3,000 Queensland healthcare workers were assaulted while at work last year alone.

And this isn’t just a problem in Queensland. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 11,000 health care and social assistance workers reported being victims of assault in 2010.

This is a serious problem that poses great risk for many in the health and human services field. These assaults not only cause physical harm to workers but can result in long-term trauma related issues for those who are directly involved, witnesses and others.

Watch two of the ads below and let us know what you think in the comments.



About Jessica

Jessica Jacobs is a Licensed Social Worker based in Indianapolis, IN. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of those in the helping professions through better self-care and more sustainable and supportive organizational environments. Jessica has worked in international and domestic disaster response, community mental health, nonprofit management and political advocacy. She can be reached at

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