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Answers to questions

Hospitals—staff safety
(Question No 1566)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, upon notice, on 3 August 2018:

(1) How many staff were assaulted in the course of their duties, for each operative area, between 1 January 2017 and 30 June 2018 by (a) members of the public and (b) other staff.

(2) In how many of these assaults were drugs and alcohol a factor.

(3) What drugs were most often a contributing factor.

(4) Which health occupation was most likely to have members assaulted in the course of their duties.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Question on Notice (QON) 1567, which was responded to by the Minister for Mental Health on 31 August 2018, has been revised.

ACT Health identified that the staff assault data provided in the response was incomplete and therefore a revised QON has now been submitted. The data provided was sourced from the Riskman Staff Incident System utilised by ACT Health to capture all Work Health and Safety (WHS) Incidents. ACT Health follows the Type of Occurrence Classification System (TOCS) as specified by Safe Work Australia to classify WHS incidents in Riskman.

The figures provided in the initial response to QON 1567 were identified using the TOCS classification code of ‘being assaulted by a person or persons’. It was subsequently identified that some incidents coded in TOCS as ‘mental stress’ also involved a staff assault. These incidents were coded in this way as mental stress was considered a more serious outcome than the physical impact from the incident.

The revised version of QON 1567 provides updated figures which capture all staff assault incidents captured on Riskman.

The answer to QON 1566 reflects these updated figures.

(1)(a) Staff Assaults by Division (Operative Area) by members of the public (including patients and relatives) from 1 January 2017 – 30 June 2018 extracted from Riskman Incident System:

Business Support


Cancer Ambulatory and Community Health Support


Clinical Support Services


Critical Care


Health Infrastructure Services


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