Media Release

23 October 2017

Wooldridge: Surge in violence towards Victorian health workers

Monday 23 October 2017

Surge in violence towards Victorian health workers

According to the 84 Health Service annual reports released in parliament this week, the rate of occupational violence Victorian health care workers experienced in the last year grew by a startling 33%.

The Andrew’s Government’s health data dump revealed that compared to 8,752 reports of violent incidents in 2015-16 there were 11,636 incidents reported in 2016-17 – a massive increase of 2,884 reports.

In addition, there were 567 occupational violence incidents reported at Ambulance Victoria, recording almost no improvement from the previous year.

The safety of health workers and patients must be Daniel Andrews’ priority.

The seriousness of occupational violence is as clear as ever after an assault at Box Hill Hospital this year saw a respected surgeon and father tragically killed by a violent assailant who was on bail at the time.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s 2015 Report into Occupational Violence against Healthcare Workers clearly identified the need for government to do more to address unnecessary and preventable levels of risk and occupational violence.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Health, Mary Wooldridge:

“Daniel Andrews is comprehensively failing to deliver his election promise to reduce violence against health care workers.”

“It’s unacceptable that our dedicated health care workers are experiencing a 33% increase in violence incidents at work.”

“Perpetrators of violence are often on ICE, bail or parole and Daniel Andrews has done nothing to fix this.”

“Victorians want leadership and solutions to end violence but under Daniel Andrews we see assaults and violent crime skyrocketing.”

 

Violent Incidents – Health Annual Reports 2016/17 and 2015/16
Violent incidents  
  reported 2016 reported 2017 Difference % Difference
Albury Wodonga Health 165 305 140 85%
Alfred Health 293 516 223 76%
Austin Health 567 574 7 1%
Ballarat Health Services 851 1666 815 96%
Barwon Health 516 658 142 28%
Bendigo Health Care Group 404 347 -57 -14%
Calvary Health Care Bethlehem 22 21 -1 -5%
Dental Health Services Victoria 57 39 -18 -32%
Eastern Health 277 247 -30 -11%
Goulburn Valley Health 245 188 -57 -23%
Latrobe Regional Hospital 352 426 74 21%
Melbourne Health 588 1717 1129 192%
Mercy Health 285 288 3 1%
Monash Health 585 850 265 45%
Northern Health 441 376 -65 -15%
Peninsula Health 719 579 -140 -19%
Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute 10 9 -1 -10%
Royal Children’s Hospital 40 77 37 93%
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 18 51 33 183%
Royal Women’s Hospital 21 7 -14 -67%
St Vincent’s Hospital 314 448 134 43%
Western Health 270 240 -30 -11%
Alexandra District Hospital 2 4 2 100%
Alpine Health 6 36 30 500%
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service 87 86 -1 -1%
Bass Coast Regional Health 65 86 21 32%
Beaufort & Skipton Health 1 3 2 200%
Beechworth Health Service 21 35 14 67%
Benalla Health 13 22 9 69%
Boort District Health 0 0 0  
Casterton Memorial Hospital 0 0 0  
Castlemaine Health 18 71 53 294%
Central Gippsland Health Service 10 14 4 40%
Cobram District Health 15 11 -4 -27%
Cohuna District Hospital 14 5 -9 -64%
Colac Area Health 4 42 38 950%
Djerriwarrh Health Services 29 68 39 134%
East Grampians Health Service 37 30 -7 -19%
East Wimmera Health Service 58 57 -1 -2%
Echuca Regional Health 207 148 -59 -29%
Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital 0 2 2  
Gippsland Southern Health Service 13 20 7 54%
Heathcote Health 12 6 -6 -50%
Hepburn Health Service 34 36 2 6%
Hesse Rural Health 7 4 -3 -43%
Heywood Rural Health 0 0 0  
Inglewood & Districts Health 0 0 0  
Kerang District Health 19 34 15 79%
Kilmore & District Hospital 31 48 17 55%
Kooweerup Regional Health Service 0 0 0  
Kyabram and District Health 15 33 18 120%
Kyneton District Health Service 2 3 1 50%
Lorne Community Hospital 10 6 -4 -40%
Maldon Hospital 10 11 1 10%
Mallee Track Health & Community Services 0 0 0  
Mansfield District Hospital 11 11 0 0%
Maryborough District Health Service 23 29 6 26%
Moyne Health Services 12 22 10 83%
Nathalia District Hospital 23 5 -18 -78%
Northeast Health Wangaratta 133 62 -71 -53%
Numurkah District Health Service 24 15 -9 -38%
Omeo District Health 0 0 0  
Orbost Regional Health 6 19 13 217%
Otway Health & Community Services 3 2 -1 -33%
Portland District Health 28 73 45 161%
Robinvale District Health Services 0 0 0  
Rochester & Elmore District Health Service 53 20 -33 -62%
Rural Northwest Health 14 18 4 29%
Seymour District Memorial Hospital 0 23 23  
South Gippsland Health 0 0 0  
Southwest Healthcare 153 154 1 1%
Stawell Regional Health 31 12 -19 -61%
Swan Hill District Health 113 99 -14 -12%
Tallangatta Health Service 13 10 -3 -23%
Terang & Mortlake Health Service 0 0 0  
Timboon & District Health Care Services 6 1 -5 -83%
Upper Murray Health & Community Services 26 47 21 81%
West Gippsland Health Care Group 61 89 28 46%
West Wimmera Health Service 27 43 16 59%
Western District Health Service 38 51 13 34%
Wimmera Health Care Group 126 229 103 82%
Yarram & District Health Service 15 24 9 60%
Yarrawonga District Health Service 22 25 3 14%
Yea & District Memorial Hospital 11 3 -8 -73%
TOTAL                   8,752                11,636            2,884 33%