Stop the Violence Summit leading to promising action
Thursday 18 Jul 2019
Following the joint HSUWA and United Voice call for a summit to address the level of violence in public hospitals and health services, the Minister for Health Roger Cook convened the Stop the Violence Summit on 21 June 2019. The HSUWA and a number of stakeholders participated in the summit.
The HSUWA position paper to the Minister and summit convenors immediately following the summit can be found here.
The Union’s focus is on ensuring the safety and welfare of frontline healthcare staff across the whole of the health sector. The level of unity and concern for the safety and welfare of all front-line staff shown by all summit participants at the conference was good to see. HSUWA members present appreciated the determination expressed for action to flow from the summit.
The Department of Health (DOH) has advised that they are reviewing the key themes and insights gained from the discussions on the day, which included:
- the development of a public awareness campaign
- strengthened policies and procedures between health staff and WA Police
- a greater security presence in our hospitals
- more in-house support for healthcare staff, following a violent incident
- a review of current legislation regarding security officer powers.
The DOH and East Metropolitan Health Service are currently working together to develop a clear project plan with defined timeframes to implement specific short, medium and long term actions.
The DOH has advised that more information about the summit’s key themes, along with an update on the progress of shorter term actions arising from the summit, will be made available in coming weeks.
The key themes identified are all matters for action that have been strongly supported by members and the HSUWA. We look forward to further action as promised.
The HSUWA will continue to campaign for the security, safety and welfare of our members. We will provide further updates as information comes to hand.