Interdisciplinary approaches to collaborate for safer hospitals
Conference Date
26th - 28th August 2019
Sydney Boulevard Hotel
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Do your staff feel safe at your hospital?
Hospitals are one of the most at-risk workplaces for staff to be exposed to violence and aggression from those who they serve. Up to 90% of all hospital staff will experience some form of violence in the workplace during their career. However, these incidents are significantly underreported in hospitals. In order to ensure the safety and security of staff, more collaboration is necessary to develop preventative and reactive responses to incidents across all hospitals.

The Improving Hospital Safety & Security conference will address the need to promote a better culture of safety in hospitals by breaking staff out of silos and fostering collaboration in safety and security, strengthening strategies to de escalate and prevent incidents proactively and develop staff resilience and mental health.

Benefits of attending
  • Discover how to create a culture of staff safety & increase reporting
  • Learn practical strategies to secure well-being & prioritise staff mental health
  • Refine existing & discover new strategies to de-escalate potentially violent incidents
  • Understand the risks & benefits of physical intervention & how to apply appropriate restraints
  • Improve plans & processes to collaborate for multidisciplinary responses to incidents
Who will attend?
Clinicians responsible for:
  • Emergency
  • Mental Health
  • Drug & Alcohol
  • Aged Care
  • General Medicine
  • Midwifery
Security & patient services personnel with responsibilities for:
  • Security Services
  • Occupational Violence & Aggression
  • Facility Management
  • Patient Support Services
  • Operations

Attend to learn:

  • Promote a culture of safety in hospitals & empower staff to report incidents
  • Support staff with strategies to improve mental health, well-being & resilience
  • Strengthen interdisciplinary collaboration against incidents of violence & aggression
  • Prevent violence & aggression with proactive strategies to de-escalate incidents
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Key Speakers

Professor George Braitberg AM
Executive Director Strategy, Quality & Improvement
The Royal Melbourne Hospital
Matthew Pearson
Violence Prevention Manager
Western Sydney Local Health District
Scott Hamer
Fire & Security Manager
Tamworth Base Hospital
Dr Margaret Kay
Medical Director
Queensland Doctor's Health Programme


What People Are Saying

  • “Criterion Conferences are to be commended for the calibre, diversity and relevance of presentations. A thoughtfully curated conference. Excellent value.”

    Jacqueline Ingram
    Emergency Department Nurse, Improving Hospital Safety & Security conference attendee, 2018
  • “Excellent opportunity to meet industry subject matter experts with diverse backgrounds to network with and share concepts that can facilitate best practice.”

    Benjamin Harris
    IAHSS Improving Hospital Safety & Security conference attendee, 2018


  • Date: 7 Sep 2018  By: Ash Natesh

    The Hospital Safety and Security Conference focused on Collaborating and communicating across departments to transform ethos & safety culture, Smashing the stigma to promote staff well-being & post-incident support, Encouraging staff reporting of incidents to drive data & inform funding and Breaking out of silos to encourage interdisciplinary & inter agency partnerships. Dr Michael Tervit, …

  • Date: 11 Jul 2018  By: Cyrus Sajadi

    The prevalence of incidents of violence and aggression towards hospital staff involve figures that leave jaws open in disbelief. Worksafe Victoria state that 95% of healthcare staff experience incidents of violence and aggression in their workplace over the course of their careers. Being routinely exposed to verbally and physically aggressive patients has a significant effect …

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  • Date: 2 May 2016  By: William Christian

    Concerns over the safety of hospital staff and their patients are growing as rapidly as the healthcare sector is booming. Hospitals are now more accessible than ever before, consequently causing a spark in drug and alcohol-related violence. These instances have ultimately tarnished the ‘safe-haven’ nature of hospitals, and solutions to improve hospital security beyond the …

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