Working to stop the Violence

Friday 22 Nov 2019

The State Government have announced further measures and funding to go towards improving safety in our hospitals.
HSUWA members called for the Stop the Violence Summit in July, because of the crisis of increasingly aggressive and violent behaviour in your workplaces.
 
The message seems to be getting through and we welcome the measures announced which include an $11.23 million funding allocation to boost security and alcohol and other drug (AOD) staff at hospitals, and enhance CCTV at various health facilities across the State.
 
However, the details and timing of the initiatives are not yet clear and we need to continue to strongly advocate for the changes that will make your job safer. The first step in this process focuses on hospital Security staff .
 
We have a meeting with the Minister for Health and Director General of Health in December so Workplace Representatives can talk directly about actions and solutions. The Department of Health has also provided a State-wide Strategy document which sets out a ‘matrix’ of items to address violence in health care.
 
The union is determined to see our objectives of:
 
• minimum Security Officer staffing levels;
• clear powers and authority;
• training that is specialised, ongoing and integrated with the clinical teams;
• proper equipment, systems and facilities in support; and
• direct permanent employment,
align with the strategies adopted by the state government.
 
If you have information or ideas about security at work please contact us at Reps@hsuwa.com.au

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