Mary Wooldridge MP

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Surge in violence towards Victorian health workers

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

According to the 84 Health Service annual reports released in parliament last week, the rate of occupational violence Victorian health care workers experienced in the last year grew by a startling 33%.

The Andrew’s Government’s health data dump revealed that compared to 8,752 reports of violent incidents in 2015-16 there were 11,636 incidents reported in 2016-17 – a massive increase of 2,884 reports. 

In addition, there were 567 occupational violence incidents reported at Ambulance Victoria, recording almost no improvement from the previous year.

The safety of health workers and patients must be Daniel Andrews’ priority. 

The seriousness of occupational violence is as clear as ever after an assault at Box Hill Hospital this year saw a respected surgeon and father tragically killed by a violent assailant who was on bail at the time.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s 2015 Report into Occupational Violence against Healthcare Workers clearly identified the need for government to do more to address unnecessary and preventable levels of risk and occupational violence. 

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“Daniel Andrews is comprehensively failing to deliver his election promise to reduce violence against health care workers.”

“It’s unacceptable that our dedicated healthcare workers are experiencing a 33% increase in violence incidents at work.”  

“Perpetrators of violence are often on ICE, bail or parole and Daniel Andrews has done nothing to fix this.”

“Victorians want leadership and solutions to end violence but under Daniel Andrews we see assaults and violent crime skyrocketing.” 

         
 

Violent incidents

 

 

reported 2016

reported 2017

Difference

% Difference

Albury Wodonga Health

165

305

140

85%

Alfred Health

293

516

223

76%

Austin Health

567

574

7

1%

Ballarat Health Services

851

1666

815

96%

Barwon Health

516

658

142

28%

Bendigo Health Care Group

404

347

-57

-14%

Calvary Health Care Bethlehem

22

21

-1

-5%

Dental Health Services Victoria

57

39

-18

-32%

Eastern Health

277

247

-30

-11%

Goulburn Valley Health

245

188

-57

-23%

Latrobe Regional Hospital

352

426

74

21%

Melbourne Health

588

1717

1129

192%

Mercy Health

285

288

3

1%

Monash Health

585

850

265

45%

Northern Health

441

376

-65

-15%

Peninsula Health

719

579

-140

-19%

Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute

10

9

-1

-10%

Royal Children's Hospital

40

77

37

93%

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

18

51

33

183%

Royal Women's Hospital

21

7

-14

-67%

St Vincent's Hospital

314

448

134

43%

Western Health

270

240

-30

-11%

Alexandra District Hospital

2

4

2

100%

Alpine Health

6

36

30

500%

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

87

86

-1

-1%

Bass Coast Regional Health

65

86

21

32%

Beaufort & Skipton Health

1

3

2

200%

Beechworth Health Service

21

35

14

67%

Benalla Health

13

22

9

69%

Boort District Health

0

0

0

 

Casterton Memorial Hospital

0

0

0

 

Castlemaine Health

18

71

53

294%

Central Gippsland Health Service

10

14

4

40%

Cobram District Health

15

11

-4

-27%

Cohuna District Hospital

14

5

-9

-64%

Colac Area Health

4

42

38

950%

Djerriwarrh Health Services

29

68

39

134%

East Grampians Health Service

37

30

-7

-19%

East Wimmera Health Service

58

57

-1

-2%

Echuca Regional Health

207

148

-59

-29%

Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital

0

2

2

 

Gippsland Southern Health Service

13

20

7

54%

Heathcote Health

12

6

-6

-50%

Hepburn Health Service

34

36

2

6%

Hesse Rural Health

7

4

-3

-43%

Heywood Rural Health

0

0

0

 

Inglewood & Districts Health

0

0

0

 

Kerang District Health

19

34

15

79%

Kilmore & District Hospital

31

48

17

55%

Kooweerup Regional Health Service

0

0

0

 

Kyabram and District Health

15

33

18

120%

Kyneton District Health Service

2

3

1

50%

Lorne Community Hospital

10

6

-4

-40%

Maldon Hospital

10

11

1

10%

Mallee Track Health & Community Services

0

0

0

 

Mansfield District Hospital

11

11

0

0%

Maryborough District Health Service

23

29

6

26%

Moyne Health Services

12

22

10

83%

Nathalia District Hospital

23

5

-18

-78%

Northeast Health Wangaratta

133

62

-71

-53%

Numurkah District Health Service

24

15

-9

-38%

Omeo District Health

0

0

0

 

Orbost Regional Health

6

19

13

217%

Otway Health & Community Services

3

2

-1

-33%

Portland District Health

28

73

45

161%

Robinvale District Health Services

0

0

0

 

Rochester & Elmore District Health Service

53

20

-33

-62%

Rural Northwest Health

14

18

4

29%

Seymour District Memorial Hospital

0

23

23

 

South Gippsland Health

0

0

0

 

Southwest Healthcare

153

154

1

1%

Stawell Regional Health

31

12

-19

-61%

Swan Hill District Health

113

99

-14

-12%

Tallangatta Health Service

13

10

-3

-23%

Terang & Mortlake Health Service

0

0

0

 

Timboon & District Health Care Services

6

1

-5

-83%

Upper Murray Health & Community Services

26

47

21

81%

West Gippsland Health Care Group

61

89

28

46%

West Wimmera Health Service

27

43

16

59%

Western District Health Service

38

51

13

34%

Wimmera Health Care Group

126

229

103

82%

Yarram & District Health Service

15

24

9

60%

Yarrawonga District Health Service

22

25

3

14%

Yea & District Memorial Hospital

11

3

-8

-73%

TOTAL

                  8,752

               11,636

           2,884

33%

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