Serious haemorrhage after sexual assault downgraded to category two emergency response in NSW

People haemorrhaging blood after rape or sexual assault will no longer be considered a category one response by NSW Ambulances. 


This means the required response time will be over 10 minutes and an ambulance will be assigned when one is available, after category one responses have been covered.

Women's Electoral Lobby chair Melanie Fernandez​ was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald and discussed WEL's concerns.

"It's unacceptable for a government that says it's committed to addressing domestic violence … it's dangerous," she said. "I do understand things need to be prioritised ... but serious haemorrhage after sexual assault is too great a risk, particularly with waiting times at the moment meaning it's often not going to mean a matter of minutes."

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  • Rowan Webb
    I simply do not have the heart to even visualize how terrifying it must be for the rape/sexual assault victim to be left waiting for an ambulance to arrive to her/his aide after having been a victim of a vicious crime while experience immense pain of a hemorrhage. Couldn’t an alternative be put forward instead like an emergency car in case of a lack of an ambulance?