Roll out of mobile duress alarms in Emergency Departments in Western Sydney Local Health District



The Western Sydney Local Health District will soon implement mobile duress systems and will roll out mobile duress devices for Emergency Department staff at Westmead Hospital, Blacktown Hospital, Auburn Hospital and Mount Druitt Hospital.

This is a positive step and is supported by ASMOF.

ASMOF, in collaboration with the other Health Unions has campaigned for safer and secure workplaces for members in hospital Emergency Departments since the shooting at Nepean Hospital on 12 January 2016.

Following the incident, the health unions insisted that something must be done about staff security. As a result, a Security in Emergency Departments Round Table was held on 8 February 2016; a 12-point Action Plan was agreed to and a Peak Industrial Liaison Committee on Security Action Plan was established.

This eventually led to the NSW Parliament Legislative Assembly Inquiry into Violence against Emergency Services Personnel. ASMOF was represented by Dr Tony Sara and Dr Alan Pham at the public hearing for the inquiry and they spoke to our submission which included a recommendation for the use of mobile duress devices (at no cost to employees).

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