WSLHD: New violence prevention policy & procedure - member feedback needed

Western Sydney Local Health District has written to your Union to seek feedback around the introduction of a new procedure in dealing with violence and aggression in the workplace.

Every worker has a right to a workplace which is free from aggression and violence, and the HSU welcomes any effort which is aimed at reducing this risk. Unfortunately, we too often hear reports of health workers being subjected to violence and aggression – sometimes resulting in serious injuries.

To accurately represent members’ concerns, we are now seeking feedback and comments on the proposed new policy and procedure, which can be viewed below:

Please take the time to review the documents and send any comments, questions or concerns to publichealth@hsu.asn.au by Friday 16th July.

We encourage any member who is subject to violence or aggression to immediately report it to their manager in the first instance, as well as ensuring the incident is reported through the IIMS system. Once you have done this, we urge you to contact your HSU delegate or Organiser.

If you know someone who isn’t yet an HSU member, now is a great time to join. The Union is there to protect members in these situations, including offering members access to financial assistance through our members’ Wellbeing Benefits Package if they are assaulted at work.

Joining is easy – just visit www.hsu.asn.au/join or call 1300 468 679. Alternatively, you can contact your local organiser Brendan Roberts on 0425 181 361 (Westmead, Auburn, Cumberland) or Randall Millington on 0458 301 076 (Blacktown and Mt Druitt).