It is with deep sadness that we advise the passing of former AEAV Secretary Rod Morris.
Rod started his ambulance career in 1977 and moved to the Union as Assistant Secretary in 1992 before serving as Secretary between 1995 and 2005 when he retired.
Rod oversaw the big industrial battles against the Kennett government who were trying to privatise the ambulance service. He also stopped ambulance communications being run by Intergraph and his actions led to a Royal Commission being held in relation to ambulance communications. Rod had a major contribution to the first Government ambulance policy under the Bracks Labor Government (1999).
His leadership led to many victories which paramedics today enjoy including the MICA paramedic skills allowance, the introduction of the rolled in rate to Rural Victoria, expansion of MICA units into rural Victoria, introduction of the ALS skills allowance and salary packaging at the $30k grossed up level.
The Executive of the AEA-V, on behalf of its members, wish to express their sincere sympathy to Rod’s wife Sandra, family, friends and colleagues.
He will be sadly missed.