Local Nurses and Mid-wives Take Action on Violence and Aggression in Health Care

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Port Lincoln nurses and mid-wives are taking action on violence and aggression in health care following the attack of a nurse at the Port Lincoln hospital recently.

The State Government’s lack of action on a plan to address violence and aggression in health care has triggered thousands of public sector health staff to stand up and demand the Marshall government protects health care employees.

Up to 21,000 nurses and midwives will wear stickers in protest to address the issue.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adj Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM says the rolling worksite action will continue until the Steven Marshall Government steps up to protect its health care employees.

“This on-the-ground action will progress through every Local Health Network in the public system until the State Government makes a firm commitment to act on measures that reflect the principles of the anti-violence plan successfully operating in Victoria,” Ms. Dabars says.

The Ten-Point Plan to End Violence and Aggression in Health Care developed by the ANMF are demanding:            

  1. Improve security
  2. Identify risks to staff and others
  3. Include patients and their families in care planning
  4. Report, investigate and act
  5. Prevent violence through workplace design
  6. Educate staff
  7. Integrate legislation, policies and procedures
  8. Provide post-incident support
  9. Apply consistent approach to violence across disciplines
  10. Empower staff to expect a safe workplace.