Three police getting badly burnt after a gas explosion in a suicide attempt by someone with mental health issues is awful. The two relatively new policewomen suffered the worst burns and are fortunately in the care of the Alfred Hospital's burns unit, where you could could not get better clinical care in the world.
Vic Pol, our police force, has began a fund raiser appeal for the officers, and I expect it will receive significant donations. But I would like to ask why is the appeal warranted? I genuinely want to know.
Firstly, I expect Work Cover will be paying their medical costs. If the matter was unrelated to their work, then our public health system would pick up the cost I would certainly hope the treatment would be no less. In theory, Work Cover will continue to pick up the cost of their treatment and rehabilitation for as many years as it takes.
At some point they will granted a lump sum payout for their injuries, that is compensation for their pain and loss.
Their wages will still be paid, although they will possibly lose penalty rates and shift allowances, which are a substantial I think.
If they can return to work, duties appropriate to whatever disability they are left with will be found for them.
If they don't recover well enough, the new National Disability Scheme should pick up any pieces that might have been missing in the past. They will be dealt with sympathetically by every department who is involved in their case. Not everyone is, but police officers injured when on duty assuredly are.
Once recovered, and hopefully they do fully, I would quite happily chip in for a holiday to Disneyland or whatever they wanted to do.
But really, what is the need for the fund raiser? Is Vic Pol's care for its officers injured while on duty so inadequate?