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February 2019

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Peninsula Health clinician Matthew Baynes wearing a MePACS 24/7 personal alarm.

Personal alarms keep healthcare professionals safe at work

The MePACS 24/7 personal alarm has made huge advances in saving and improving the lives of everyday Australians in the last 25 years.

Now, Australian healthcare workers in the community can be added to the list of people who are benefitting from MePACS.

The new MePACS duress alarm is making a huge impact in Australia’s healthcare system.

More than half of Melbourne’s public hospital networks are using the cutting-edge technology for staff who make potentially-dangerous visits into the community.

In Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where Peninsula Health is based, the duress alarms have had a particularly strong impact on staff.

An impressive 77 per cent of Peninsula Health staff using the MePACS duress alarm now feel safer working in the community.

Of those staff using the MePACS duress alarm at Peninsula Health, 90 per cent feel the organisation supports and values their safety.

It is NBN-compatible and backed by the major public health network, Peninsula Health.

Matthew Baynes, a senior clinician in the adult community mental health team at Peninsula Health, has benefitted from the MePACS duress alarm.

‘With our job, we do have clients who can be quite aggressive, because of their illness, and they don’t feel like we need to help them.

‘We have had a couple of incidences when we have had to press the alarm for further assistance as we are by ourselves and quite vulnerable.

‘The MePACS duress alarm gives you peace of mind and safety and it’s practical and hands-on and it means we can get the help we need straight away.

‘I feel more confident now going into a client’s house because if something did happen, I feel like I’m not alone.

‘I can press the alarm, speak to someone straight away and get help I need quickly.

‘Unlike a mobile phone, you can quickly press the blue button for help,’ Mr Baynes said.

‘You don’t have to go through your contacts and unlock your mobile phone and it’s very simple and crucially a lot quicker.’

Real people based in Australia monitor the MePACS duress alarm every minute of every day.

The mobile alarm has two-way communication with the MePACS team and a built-in GPS locator so they know where to send help quickly.