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Ambos named the most trustworthy profession

TRUST SURVEY: Labor can-didate for Lismore Isaac Smith and Lismore para-medic Daniel Willis wait to find out where their prof-essions rated in the latest poll.
TRUST SURVEY: Labor can-didate for Lismore Isaac Smith and Lismore para-medic Daniel Willis wait to find out where their prof-essions rated in the latest poll. Marc Stapelberg

PARAMEDICS have been named as the most trustworthy profession for the 11th year running while politicians, journalists, chief executive officers and talkback radio hosts are still struggling to be believed.

These were the opinions of 1200 Australians questioned for the annual trust survey conducted by Australian Reader's Digest.

Ambulance NSW Northern Rivers acting duty operations manager Daniel Willis said people looked up to paramedics due to the role they performed.

"Paramedics are invited into people's homes at the worst sort of times; when they are sick and injured," he said.

"The nature of our work being on the front line and having face-to-face contact during people's times of need has developed that trust.

"When people call us there is just a natural element of trust due to the duties we perform."

Mr Willis said he felt less trusted when he wasn't in his work uniform.

"When you put on the uniform there is an element of pride instilled in paramedics," he said.

"The title, the uniform and the role of a paramedic allows people to put a lot more trust in the paramedics themselves."

Labor candidate for Lismore Isaac Smith said he wanted to change the stereotype of politicians being untrustworthy.

"The key is being accessible, accountable, and to admit when you make a mistake, which people don't like doing and politicians even less so," he said.

Mr Smith said the political system had contributed to the mistrust of politicians.

"People acknowledge our current political system doesn't work and I think small changes to our political system will help change people's perception," he said.

"Communication, being available to all groups in the community regardless of their political persuasion or political perceptions, being accountable and being there to take the blame is what people want from politicians."

Topics:  ambulance officers, editors picks, trust



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