Statement responding to media reports regarding Mathew Vickers
Mathew Vickers was engaged as a volunteer at the time of the incident. Workcover assessed the incident and found Mathew Vickers wasn’t an employee of the JCU and therefore wasn’t entitled to Workcover.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland were also notified of the incident, made enquiries, and found no further action was required.
At the time of the incident, some of the field trip participants were taking part in snorkelling, which was not part of the planned field trip.
Despite that, and despite the fact that he was a volunteer at the time, JCU has provided support to Mr Vickers.
In the immediate aftermath of the incident, a JCU Rehabilitation coordinator contacted Mathew Vickers to offer support and assistance, including trauma counselling, as the University was concerned about his health and well-being.
JCU also provided assistance with filing a claim through the University’s insurer, and the University continues to offer Mathew Vickers the option of trauma counselling.