Page 1065 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 19 March 2013

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A supportive workplace can assist in safety planning, including protection from abusive calls, texts and emails, providing a photo of the abusive person to the front desk, notifying relevant staff to not divulge private information about location and movements and having a colleague accompany you to your car or transport after work. There is also advice on what to do if your job is being threatened by warnings about performance issues and if the employer treats you unfairly.

According to Safe at Home, Safe at Work, over one million Australian workers are now protected, with over 90 organisations introducing domestic violence measures such as paid leave to attend to urgent matters such as going to court for a protection order, flexible working arrangements and confidentiality and safety measures. Although these measures will create costs to the employer, Safe at Home, Safe at Work state that evidence shows it makes better economic sense to support an employee suffering domestic violence via paid leave and safe workplace policies than to have them leave or terminate their employment.

An informed and supportive workplace is more approachable and more successful in reducing domestic violence in the workplace, something that we all want. More information is available at

Arthritis Awareness Week

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.34): I rise this afternoon to acknowledge Arthritis Awareness Week 2013, a national initiative aimed at raising awareness about arthritis, osteoporosis and musculoskeletal conditions. The theme for this year’s event is “Osteoarthritis—Imagine what you could do without joint pain?” I was pleased to be joined by a number of my colleagues here, including Mr Doszpot, Dr Bourke, Mr Hanson and Mrs Jones yesterday at the Canberra Croquet Club, where they had a guest speaker, Dr Rob Reid, a sports medicine physician, who spoke at the function about sports injuries and other osteoarthritis issues and the importance of keeping active and not letting pain rule your life. I wish Arthritis ACT and all their volunteers success in promoting the campaign this week at various pharmacy locations throughout the ACT.

Arthritis ACT was initially established in 1977 and offers to clients a range of services which aim to provide information, as well as awareness and support, for those facing challenges of living with osteoporosis, arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Arthritis Australia funds research to look into potential causes and cures, and keeps health professionals informed about these issues.

I would like to acknowledge the executive members of Arthritis ACT who continue to do the hard work in promoting this cause, including the CEO, Mrs Helen Krig; the president, Ms Anna Hackett; the vice-president, Mr David Graham; the secretary, Ms Kristine Riethmiller; the treasurer, Mr Andrew Fleming; and their board members, Helen Tyrrell, Helen Davies, Wendy Prowse, Leanne Bowen and Mr Scott Milne

I also wish to acknowledge the support that is shown throughout the year by their various volunteers and encourage everyone to support the activities that Arthritis ACT

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