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Body cameras are being rolled out to healthcare workers as part of a range of measures following recommendations from the Palaszczuk government's Occupational Violence Taskforce.

The initiatives, announced on Monday, include upgrading CCTV cameras at the Princess Alexandra and Logan hospitals and body-worn cameras across the Metro South Hospital and Health Service area.

Measures being introduced also include "Code Black" procedures across the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service - for situations involving threats or violence - and a new Code Black Taskforce at Logan Hospital.

Other measures include three more security officers in the Caboolture Hospital emergency department, extra after-hours security support at Ipswich Health Plaza, two extra fire safety and security officers at Rockhampton Hospital,training courses at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and extra CCTV cameras at Toowoomba Hospital and the Ridley Unit at the Baillie Henderson Hospital in Toowoomba.

More than 3000 healthcare workers are assaulted every year, with the state government previously launching a $1.3 million education campaign to remind the public not to treat health workers as punching bags.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick said the measures were being introduced in hospitals from the Gold Coast to the Torres Strait and as far west as Mt Isa.

"In recent months, Queensland hospitals have been charging ahead with implementing initiatives recommended by the Palaszczuk government's taskforce to better safeguard their staff from assault and abuse on the job," he said.

Mr Dick said over the next year more changes would be introduced in hospitals across Queensland, such as upgrades to CCTV at Redlands and Queen Elizabeth II hospitals, upgrades to security of the after-hours car park at Maryborough Hospital and security security
officers at Gladstone Hospital.

An overarching committee has been created to oversee the development and implementation of the measures.

In July, Queensland Health launched a trial to test duress alarms and body cameras, and consider banning repeat violent visitors from some hospitals under new plans to tackle violence against health workers.

Metro North chief executive Ken Whelan, who will head the new committee, said hospital staff across Queensland were the victims of senseless violence.

"Work will continue as we introduce a range of actions including voice-activated duress alarms and body cameras in more hospitals across the state," he said.

"This technology will act as a deterrent but also be useful for our colleagues in the police service to prosecute offenders.

"We're looking at how a swipe card access reporting system can be used in emergency departments as well as recording and flagging frequently aggressive patients and visitors to better manage these types of people."

Queensland Nurses Union secretary Beth Mohle said the committee was committed to ensuring the new measures would make a difference to all health workers.

"No one should go to work feeling frightened or fearful of being assaulted," she said.

Source : Brisbane Times


 
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