ANMF SA win – CALHN to bolster mental health training

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Following concerns raised by Glenside-based members, ANMF (SA Branch) has succeeded in pressing Central Adelaide Local Health Network executives to better equip mental health staff to manage aggression.

The ANMF (SA Branch)’s efforts prompted a review of CALHN’s Management of Actual and Potential Aggression (MAPA) training, which identified inconsistencies in the delivery of the training and the frequent omission of a critical module to help manage higher risk aggressive behaviours.

The findings of the review have led to the development of a CALHN-wide policy on MAPA training to ensure all mental health staff receive the same level of training and are equipped to manage all types of aggressive behaviours.

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4 thoughts on "ANMF SA win – CALHN to bolster mental health training"

  1. Peter says:

    It’s good the review but like other aggression training it’s hospital based. Remember we that work in the community don’t have security to call on for help. We have our 2 legs and our voice and a load of adrenaline.
    We shall see if the community is involved.

  2. Jordan says:

    With regards to Glenside campus, in particular, Eastern PICU, more Security staff (particularly on Night shift) would be a great benefit in reducing/stopping aggressive outbursts as currently there are only 3 Security staff on duty after 2200 hrs. & 1 is always allocated to sit at the switchboard. There may be few wards remaining at Glenside, but they are located across a considerable distance meaning the Security staff (2) cannot be everywhere when needed.

  3. Sue says:

    Hear hear Peter.
    Violence exists only in hospital ED’s? I have been a mental health nurse for 30+ years & the MAPA training is useless for community based clinicians- who have to work as ‘Isolated & Remote’ workers with little to no back up. How about investing in keeping these frontline clinicians safe with some practical strategies for lone practitioners? We are frequently the service that initiates treatment for clients with mental health conditions exhibiting violence/aggression. ANMF is MIA when it comes to advocating for support for community clinicians.

    • ANMF (SA Branch) says:

      Hi Sue, the ANMF has a zero tolerance position on violence in any health care setting and we take seriously our role in lobbying and agitating all employers to fulfil their duty of care to provide their staff with a safe working environment.
      When we succeed, we celebrate, because such ‘wins’ mean a real difference for staff and patient safety. But this doesn’t mean we aren’t continuing to push other employers to implement similar strategies in their workplaces.
      If you have specific concerns that you feel aren’t being appropriately addressed by management or your Occupational Health and Safety officer, please get in touch with our Duty Officer on 8334 1900 or If there’s something we can do to help lobby your employer to make a change, we are here to help. Kind regards, ANMF (SA Branch)

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