Nurses and midwives agree: the violence must stop

Violence and aggression is not part of a nurse or midwife’s job yet they, and other healthcare workers, are frequently on the receiving end in their workplaces. The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) supports today’s efforts by Health Services Union NSW members to raise awareness of this insidious problem occurring statewide. NSWNMA Acting General […]

Statement on Health Services Union strike action

The rising level of violence and aggression being experienced by health workers is abhorrent. This is a systemic issue across the entire health sector – public, private, aged care, mental health and community health workers are all being impacted. Nurses and midwives offer their in principle support to the Health Services Union members (paramedics, cleaners, […]

Urgent need for ratios and action on violence

The shocking impacts of violence and aggression toward frontline nurses and midwives dominated discussion at the 74th Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in Sydney. Desperate for support, more than 400 nursing and midwifery delegates rose from their seats inside the International Convention Centre to show NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, […]

Nurses still vulnerable in the workplace

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has called for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding a violent incident at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital overnight. General Secretary of the NSWNMA, Brett Holmes, said it was disturbing to learn three nurses and a patient had been injured during the incident, which involved another patient. […]

Staff safety must come before patient safety if we’re to end violence in healthcare facilities

Deputy Secretary at NSW Health, Karen Crawshaw highlighted the importance of putting staff safety first if we’re to curb increasing violent incidents in our healthcare facilities, during her address at the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association’s (NSWNMA) 71st Annual Conference in Sydney. “There are increasing challenges managing aggression and decreasing violence against staff,” Ms Crawshaw […]

Hospital violence horror stories dominate talks

More than 140 delegates of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) this week shared their growing fears about incidents of violence and aggression occurring in public hospitals and other health care settings across the state. Four resolutions moved by the NSWNMA’s Nepean Hospital Penrith Branch were passed unanimously during a Committee of Delegates meeting […]

Violence fact sheets

Work-related violence is any incident in which someone is abused, threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their work. It includes: throwing objects pushing, shoving, tripping, grabbing striking, kicking, scratching, biting, spitting or any other physical contact attacking with knives, guns, clubs or any other type of weapon. Workers can be exposed to violence from a […]

Support for employees experiencing domestic violence

In June 2010 the NSW Government released the NSW Domestic and Family Violence Action Plan: Stop the Violence, End the Silence, which includes support initiatives that enable employees who have experienced domestic violence to enter or return to the workplace. Employees who experience domestic or family violence will now be able to access certain leave […]

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