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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3784..


provide. These fees policies have been developed in accordance with the "National Program Guidelines for the HACC Program". A copy of the fees schedules of these two organisations is attached. (Attachments are available at the Chamber Support Office.)

Canberra Hospital-staff assaults

(Question No 849)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on Wednesday, 20 August 2003:

In relation to assaults on medical staff employed at The Canberra Hospital:

(1) How many reported acts of assault, abuse, other criminal acts or offensive behaviour have been committed against nursing or other staff by patients, visitors or others at The Canberra Hospital in (a) 2000 (b) 2001 (c) 2002 (d) 2003;

(2) What is the average number of reported incidents on a (a) daily basis and (b) monthly basis for each of the years at (1) above;

(3) Have any of the reported incidents at (1) above resulted in criminal convictions, and if so, how many;

(4) Have any surveys been conducted on staff at The Canberra Hospital to ascertain the level and frequency of assault, abuse, other criminal acts and offensive behaviour that may have gone unreported;

(5) Could figures also be provided for the reported assaults, abuse, other criminal acts and offensive behaviour against both patients at, and visitors to, The Canberra Hospital for the years listed at (1) above;

(6) Are there arrangements in place at The Canberra Hospital to encourage staff, visitors and patients to report assaults, abuse, other criminal acts and offensive behaviour, and if so, what are those arrangements.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Acts of assault, abuse, other criminal acts or offensive behaviour committed against nursing or other staff by patients, visitors or others at the Canberra Hospital are recorded in Accident/Incident Reports in accordance with the Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Act 1989. The number of incidents reported in 2000, 2001 and 2002 and between 1 January and 20 June 2003 are set as follows:

(a) 2000 - 79

(b) 2001 - 51

(c) 2002 - 59

(d) 2003 - 49 (Jan-Jun)

(2) (a) Average daily no. of reported incidents

2000

2001

2002

2003

0.22

0.14

0.16

0.27 (Jan-Jun)


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