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Victorian Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has signed on to ANMF (Vic Branch)’s ‘10-point plan to end violence and aggression against Victorian healthcare workers’ and has vowed to implement change within a reasonable time frame should he be elected as Premier.
ANMF (Vic Branch) developed and published its strategy to tackle the growing rate of violence and aggression in Victoria’s public health system and sent it to the Leaders of the major Victorian political parties for endorsement.
Meeting with ANMF members to sign the pledge, Mr Andrews said a Victorian Labor Government would act to prevent violence and aggression from being an everyday occurrence in our hospitals.
Mr Andrews said violence is a serious issue for many nurses, who are regularly subject to threats, verbal abuse and physical assault. He said preventing violence across the public health system is a key priority for Labor.
Victorian Greens Leader Greg Barber and his fellow state Greens MPs also signed on to support and implement the 10-point plan.
Data released to Fairfax Media under freedom of information laws and published on Monday 6 October showed over 14,000* violent ‘Code Grey’ or ‘Code Black’ incidents were recorded across 14 major Victorian hospitals in 2012/13.
A recent Monash University survey showed nearly 70 per cent of ANMF (Vic Branch) members had experienced violence or aggression in the workplace in the past year, with a quarter reporting experiencing violence or aggression on a regular basis.
ANMF (Vic Branch) Secretary Lisa Fitzpatrick said the Branch’s 10-point plan provides a systematic approach to preventing violence, and keeping healthcare workers safe.
‘We want the next Victorian government to do what is necessary to prevent violence and aggression in our hospitals,’ Ms Fitzpatrick said.
‘Real damage is being done. Violence and aggression should not be a part of healthcare workers’ jobs.
‘We believe our 10-point plan will be effective in working to prevent and stop the unacceptable levels of violence and aggression being experienced by healthcare workers, as it is underpinned by our extensive knowledge and research of the sector.
‘The need to adopt a state-wide approach across all health disciplines to tackle this issue is necessary.
‘We know from our 70,000-plus members that there are major issues with reporting and post-incident support that need to be addressed, as well as the need to implement a range of preventative measures to tackle risk of both patients and visitors or family to staff.
‘These, combined with the necessary improvements to the physical environment, such as better workplace design and additional resources for security, will go a long way to addressing the problem.’
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