Aggression Management & Prevention Project Industry Forum - October 2007
The Aggression Prevention and Management Project held two Industry Forums at the Melbourne Museum during WorkSafe Week 2007.
A number of respected industry leaders presented practical and innovative solutions to the prevention and management of client-initiated violence in health care as well as exploring the ways in which stakeholders can effectively collaborate on health and safety in the workplace. The forums covered topics such as building an effective relationship with Victoria Police, consulting with and engaging health and safety representatives and employees as well as exploring effective design solutions to health and safety issues. They proved a great opportunity to learn how to proactively prevent injuries and illness in the workplace.
Attendees were provided with opportunities to discuss key issues with presenters from Austin Health, Western Health, Melton Health, Northeast Health Wangaratta and Melbourne Health as well as Victoria Police and the Australian Nursing Federation. Many participants provided positive feedback.
Prevention of Violence in the Workplace -
Hospital, Police, MAS Liaison Meetings (pdf, 68k)
Aggression Prevention and Management Project
WorkSafe Victoria is supporting Melbourne Health and Northeast Health Wangaratta to conduct a project to prevent and manage aggression within the Victorian health sector. The Project seeks to develop and trial sustainable and integrated systems for managing occupational violence risks across Melbourne Health and Northeast Health’s in-patient, community and residential services and for these systems to be then implemented across a wide number of metropolitan and regional Victorian Health Services. WorkSafe is providing funding over three years to enable Melbourne Health and Northeast Health Wangaratta to conduct and evaluate the Project.
The Project’s key objective is to implement a risk management-based occupational/aggression system that meets the following challenges within the health sector:
The Project aims to reduce exposure to risks from aggression with consequent reductions in direct and indirect injury costs.
Aggression Prevention And Management Project updates
The Aggression Prevention and Management Project, held its Fifth Industry Forum with the catchy title “Safe Design for All …” on 16 August 2007 in the Geelong Conference Centre. Hosted by Barwon Health, some 80 delegates from Victorian health services attended, which is indicative of continued strong interest from industry stakeholders in the Project. Feedback from participants was very positive. Special appreciation was made to Barwon Health who not only hosted the Forum, but provided the conference venue.
At this Forum, presenters gave an overview of empirical research into workplace design and aggression, discussed design factors impacting on aggression, and how to effectively take OH&S issues into consideration. Information was also provided about the concept of “Crime Prevention through Environmental Design” used by Victoria Police, a ‘best practice’ example of an (organisational) Security Audit as well as a briefing on the OH&S Act 2004 and its obligations.
Health & Safety within the Design Process (Part 1) (pdf, 1.2mb)
Health & Safety within the Design Process (Part 2) (pdf, 2.mb)
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (pdf, 2.27mb)
Security Audit at Barwon Health (pdf, 339k)
Practical Resources (pdf, 991k)
The Project is a partnership between Melbourne Health and Northeast Health Wangaratta, with funding by the Safety Development Fund (WorkSafe Victoria) for three years. Now in its final stages, the Project aims to reduce the incidence and impact of client-initiated aggression.
Industry Reference Group