Have your say on SA Health’s Challenging Behaviour Strategic Framework

18 February 2020

South Australia’s nurses, midwives and other health workers have been left exposed to violent attacks and aggressive behaviours for far too long. With an increasing number of our members reporting serious incidents and threatening behaviours, it is clear a plan to address the issue is well overdue.

SA Health Challenging Behaviour Strategic Framework has released and is out for consultation. The framework describes how to prevent and respond to challenging behaviour during health care, to minimise the potential harm to staff and consumers. The policy directive, policy guideline and toolkit aims to  support health services to focus action on prevention and response to challenging behaviour in a systematic way.  

ANMF (SA Branch)’s Professional team has reviewed and compared the ANMF (SA Branch) 10-point Plan to End Violence and Aggression - A Guide For Health Services against the Challenging Behaviour Framework and believes the framework addresses the criteria identified in in our 10- point plan to End Violence and Aggression. View the comparison here.

Both plans call for leadership and collaboration—among governments, hospitals, health services and members of the public—if we are to genuinely make a difference and put an end to the culture of violence that is so rife in our health care settings today.

This is your opportunity to have your say and review the framework and ANMF (SA Branch) feedback to ensure that all areas of concerns are identified and addressed to guarantee your right to feel safe and supported in our hospitals and health centres.

Feedback to Jackie Wood, Assoc. Director, Practice Development and Health System Reforms via Jackie.wood@anmfsa.org.au by COB on 24 February 2020.