Violence against staff in hospitals has become disturbingly common. A recent study found 81% of nurses in NSW had experienced violence in the workplace in the previous six months. Nurses are more likely to be attacked at work than prison guards and police officers. Hospital settings create extreme stress for patients and the combined factors … Continue reading Warning behaviours of patient violence
Despite the growing focus on psychological health and safety in the workplace, AIHS says there are still significant gaps in policy and regulation. This has sparked discussion with Safe Work Australia regarding legislative changes to ensure all jurisdictions are operating at the highest level. Ian Firth, State Inspector of SafeWork NSW, shed some light on … Continue reading Safe Work NSW’s Ian Firth on pending mental health policy changes
Emergency departments are often the initial point of care for people seeking mental-health assistance for the first time and for those requiring after hours care. Approximately 3.7% of all presentations to public hospital ED are mental health-related. We’ve put together a quick reference guide for some of the most effective mechanisms that can be used … Continue reading Mechanisms to support better mental health outcomes in ED
While one in three of us will experience mental illness at some point in our lives, there remains a pervasive stigma in the workplace preventing us from talking openly about our mental health. We compiled a fact sheet about the rates of mental health issues in the workplace, the associated cost and which industries are … Continue reading Fact Sheet: Mental Health in the Workplace
More Australians are accessing mental health services than ever before and Emergency Departments are groaning with the weight of associated presentations. Over the last four years emergency departments saw an increase of 20% in mental health presentations. This is not only a strain on under-resourced ED staff but also poses harmful consequences for patients. Research … Continue reading Crisis hubs to alleviate ED mental health strain
“What other job requires you to be in a constant state of hyper vigilance and alertness yet at the same time be a counsellor, a social worker, a lawyer, or a prison warden. What other profession authorizes you to take a person’s liberty, or potentially use deadly force, but then mandates that you attempt to … Continue reading The Cost of Care – Must-have early intervention & prevention strategies for first responders
With the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards now in full swing, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is primarily focused on protecting the public from harm and improving the quality of health service provision. One of the biggest changes from the first … Continue reading Comprehensive Care Vs Comprehensively Cared For
Find out more about the Women in Health and Aged Care Leadership masterclass here.