New occupational violence focus after three nurses stabbed

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has commended efforts by SafeWork NSW in pursuing new measures to prevent occupational violence in the workplace, following the stabbing of three Sydney nurses in May 2019. Sydney Local Health District has agreed to a $3 million enforceable undertaking, which includes implementing additional work health and safety initiatives, […]

More nurses still needed to help curb violence

The NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) has welcomed the state government’s long-awaited release of its final report into hospital security, but fears it won’t be enough unless additional nurses are employed. NSWNMA Acting General Secretary, Judith Kiejda, said many of the measures outlined in the final report were already current policies, but they had […]

Nurses and midwives bear brunt during Safe Work month

Excessive workloads, fatigue and bullying continues to plague a high proportion of nurses and midwives throughout New South Wales, despite efforts to escalate issues and support each other. A recent NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) member survey shows widespread issues remain, with 93% of respondents experiencing verbal aggression or threats in the last six […]

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, […]

Abuse of nurses and midwives on the rise in NSW

Verbal abuse, physical violence, sexual harassment and even death threats are common occurrences in the daily lives of many nurses and midwives working throughout New South Wales. A recent survey of more than 3,500 members of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) found almost one in two nurses and midwives had firsthand experience of […]

Nurses and midwives aim to challenge and inspire

The need to better promote diversity throughout our health system will be highlighted during the 72nd Annual Conference of the NSW Nurses and Midwives’ Association (NSWNMA) in Sydney this week. From today 750 nurses, midwives, delegates and members from across the state will gather at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion to discuss ongoing challenges and the […]

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 […]

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