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Monash University recently conducted a survey of our members on the level of violence and aggression in our hospitals and it returned alarming results.
Nearly 70 per cent of around 5,000 respondents reported experiencing violence or aggression at work in the past year, with a quarter of those reporting experiencing violence or aggression on a regular basis.
These statistics represent just the tip of the iceberg as we know violence and aggression in health settings is grossly under reported and prosecuted.
Violence is not a part of nurses’ and midwives’ jobs.
Members can report occupational violence and aggression incidents to the Branch through our webform after also reporting it through the formal channels at your facility.
In a move to stop the unacceptable number of assaults, the Branch has developed a 10-point plan to end violence and aggression in our healthcare facilities.
The 10-point plan outlines the necessary actions required to improve security and implement proactive measures to identify and address risks. It also aims to improve the reporting culture in our hospitals and improve the tools to assist with reporting and investigation. Riskman is glaringly inadequate.
It also advocates appropriate support following violent workplace incidents.