$2.2 million fund for the safety of frontline health workers

A $ 2.2 million fund has been allocated by the Western Australian Government to further protect frontline health staff against rising rates of violence in hospitals.

The funding will be used to purchase anti-stab vests and duress alarms for frontline health staff at major hospitals and other at-risk public health workers across the State.

More than 11,000 incidents of violence and aggression were reported in the Western Australian health system during 2016/17.

WA Health will purchase 250 anti-stab vests for major hospitals and 2,500 mobile duress alarms over the next three years to reduce the risk of injury at home visits and to help protect staff in remote nursing posts.

“Frontline health workers perform a vital service in our community, so it is essential we do all we can to ensure their safety,” said Health Minister Roger Cook.

“Hospital staff have a right to feel safe in their workplace and this important election commitment will provide extra protection.

“The provision of protective equipment in the form of anti-stab vests and duress alarms is an unfortunate but necessary precaution given the levels of violence and aggression being reported across our health system, particularly in our hospital emergency departments.

“The purchase of this equipment will complement a range of other security measures in place to enhance the safety of the work environment for these highly-valued workers.”

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