Progress for nurse safety in Mental Health Unit

The ACT Labor government seems to have made some progress on nurse safety at the Mental Health Unit (MHU) at the Canberra Hospital. Last September I called on the government to review security and nurse safety after a large number of violent attacks at the MHU, Shadow Minister for Mental Health Giulia Jones said today.

“Today Minister Corbell informed the Legislative Assembly that he has instigated the establishment of an aggression and violence framework in order to make the Mental Health Unit and the Brian Hennessy Rehabilitation Centre a safe place for staff,” Mrs Jones said.

“It’s sad that it took more than an attack per week in 2013-14 and two provisional improvement notice warnings before the Minister acted. However, I’m pleased Simon Corbell is finally listening about this serious issue and hope that the promised aggression and violence framework will provide the safety that the nurses and staff need and that the government has an obligation to provide.

“It is the government’s basic workplace and safety responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their nurses and associated staff.

“This is progress for local nurses and I’m glad that the Canberra Liberals lobbying in the Legislative Assembly has shamed the government into taking some action,” Mrs Jones concluded.