An extraordinary case
One inquiry participant’s case was so extraordinary that it became a major focus during the recent Parliamentary Inquiry. It concerned a female paramedic that displayed enormous credibility. Her evidence was alarming not just in terms of the sexual assault and harassment that she endured for an extended period by a superior officer, but also in terms of the failure of more senior staff to protect her when she sought their assistance, and the many failures of the complaints handling system to address her complaint in a timely and effective way.
The committee was appalled by the paramedic’s account of her treatment by the harasser, by her local and regional managers, and by the PSU. The committee was further appalled by the high personal, professional and financial price she paid for the systemic failures she endured. Her case seemed emblematic of a management culture that accepts harassment and a professional standards system that is inept at addressing it.
Source - Inquiry Report