Western Health Security Services Manager John Miles, Senior Sergeant Damien Jones, Leading Senior Constable David Keyes and Security Coordinator Jeff Young launch the Violence Incident Resolution Pack.
Western Health combating Occupational Violence
Western Health is taking steps to combat occupational violence through a Department of Health-funded pilot program.
With Footscray Police, Western Health has developed an Occupational Violence Incident Resolution Pack with advice for employees to reliably report an incident of occupational violence.
The resource kit contains action forms, action checklists, useful website addresses, resolution procedures, roles and responsibilities of key players and background information—everything needed to help understand the process of reporting occupational violence.
Funding for the initiative came from the Department’s Occupational Violence Prevention Fund 2008–2011.
The fund was established in February 2008 with $4 million over four years to support strategies to prevent and manage occupational violence against nurses and other health care workers in Victorian public health services.
About $400,000 from the fund was recently allocated to 10 health services to act as demonstration sites—Western Health is one—for a Building better partnerships initiative.
The initiative aims to strengthen the relationship between health services and key agencies such as Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria and/or custodial services, facilitating better interagency management of the factors/issues that impact on the management and prevention of occupational violence.
• For more information on other work that has been undertaken by the Department to implement the Taskforce on Violence in Nursing recommendations visit http://www.health.vic.gov.au/nursing/promoting/noviolence.