ANMF (SA Branch) launches petition for 24/7 security guards in regional hospitals 

7 March 2022

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) is petitioning for 24/7 restraint-trained security guards in regional hospitals at Port Pirie and Wallaroo. 

The campaign follows recent shocking examples of violence and aggression, including an assault on a Port Pirie nurse who as a result needed a knee replacement.

In another terrifying incident, a man was last month tasered four times and arrested after smashing through glass doors at Wallaroo Hospital. 

ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/ Secretary, Adj Assoc Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM said the response from the Yorke and Northern Local Health Network and State Government had been insufficient to date. 

“It is completely unacceptable that nurses, midwives, healthcare professionals and patients and visitors have been left vulnerable to violent and aggressive attacks for too long,” Ms Dabars said. 

“Hospital staff cannot wait in fear until the next terrifying incident. We are urging everyone to help us in standing up for the immediate implementation of 24/7 restraint-trained security guards at Port Pirie and Wallaroo.” 

ANMF (SA Branch) officers will continue to liaise with members as the campaign progresses.

Click here to sign the online petition