Staff in high risk areas need greater support

Staff working in high risk areas need greater support, Shadow Health Minister Vicki Dunne said.
An alarming number of staff in mental health, justice health and drug and alcohol services are experiencing mental stress and taking unplanned leave, according to government figures released under Freedom of Information laws.
A report on staff incident reporting trends over a 12 month period revealed 122 incidents where staff reported injury from mental stress.
In the same period from April 2017 to March 2018 there were eight instances where seven or more working days were lost, likely due to mental stress.
There were also 75 incidents involving staff being hit by moving objects.
Mrs Dunne wants Health Minister Meegan Fitzharris, and Mental Health Minister, Shane Rattenbury, to outline the government’s strategy to assist people working in high risk areas.
“I have the highest regard for staff working with vulnerable people or in high risk areas,” Mrs Dunne said.
“Whether they are mental health nurses, receptionists, administrators, security staff or cleaners, the government needs to ensure they are safe and supported.
“Day in and day out, they work for a cause, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“It’s not an easy job. We need to make sure they have access to support if they are struggling,” Mrs Dunne said.