PTSD legislation comes into effect

Publish date: Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Health and safety

MNU President

WCB

As of January 1, 2016, legislation recognizing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as an occupational disease will go into effect in Manitoba.

MNU has been instrumental in advocating for this new, first-in- Canada legislation that will presume that PTSD diagnosed in nurses was a direct result of workplace factors.

“This legislation is a crucial first step in dealing with PTSD because it recognizes the cumulative impact of trauma on nurses,” said Sandi Mowat, president, Manitoba Nurses Union.

Until now, nurses and PTSD is a subject that has received very little attention, however nationwide studies reveal that more than 30 per cent of nurses may be dealing with symptoms of PTSD.

This legislation is a part of Manitoba’s Five-Year Plan for Workplace Injury and Illness Prevention and its intention is to make it much easier for those affected by PTSD to access supports, treatment and compensation.

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