A 33-year-old Stanwell Park woman has been charged with assault after a young female ambulance paramedic was attacked in Wollongong on Wednesday night.The incident occurred amid a campaign by ambulance officers to stop attacks on ambulance personnel.The woman had earlier been taken to Wollongong Hospital by ambulance after she sought help for mental health-related issues.A health service spokeswoman confirmed a 33-year-old woman was assessed about 7pm on Wednesday, but left the emergency department without waiting for further treatment.Police allege that about 9pm the woman was out the front of the 7-Eleven on the corner of Crown and Darling streets and she began talking aggressively to people.They say the female ambulance officer, who was not connected to the initial transportation, was in the store buying food.Police say the woman then approached the officer and threw a drink in her face and threw punches before being restrained by the paramedic's crew partner.The paramedic suffered bruising in the attack.Wollongong district ambulance manager Norm Rees said yesterday that during a three-month period last year, 17 paramedics were assaulted in unprovoked attacks.Mr Rees said the consensus was that, with the help of police, the number of attacks had declined since the campaign began."We won't tolerate it," Mr Rees said. "No-one else would accept being assaulted while going about their work."The woman was given conditional bail to appear in Wollongong Local Court on January 25.
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