New Recruit for Ambulance Victoria: Bruce the Labrador

New Recruit for Ambulance Victoria: Bruce the Labrador
Bruce Peer Support Dog

For ambulance officers and paramedics, stress and traumatic situations comes with the job. Post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression can follow. Shockingly, research shows a suicide rate for paramedics four times higher than the Victorian average.

 

The natural empathy of dogs, their value for reassurance in stressful situations, is familiar to every dog-lover. Bruce – and his handler and carer, officer Ken Whittle – work as part of ambulance Victoria’s peer-support program. Bruce’s reassuring presence allows front-line staff who may be suffering from emotional impacts to talk more freely, openly and confidently of their experience. Bruce has been such a success in the role that Ambulance Victoria has now extended the program with other suitable dogs.

 

Dogs and Ambos – where would we be without them?

For more: https://www.ambulance.vic.gov.au/more-therapy-dogs-lend-a-helping-paw-to-paramedics/