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AWU Queensland Health Workplace Violence Campaign

May 22, 2024 9:28 am

Protect those who protect us.

By sticking together and taking industrial action last year, AWU members were able to win new agreements with improved pay rates, health and safety processes and better job security.

However, there is more work to be done to hold them to account in order to improve AWU members’ conditions, safety and wellbeing at work.

That process started with getting accurate information about how AWU members feel about the issues in Queensland Health workplaces.

Thank you to the over 1,300 members who completed the 2024 AWU Queensland Health Campaign Survey. We now have a base of research that we can use to campaign on the big issues that matter to you this year.

The information we have received is very impactful:

  • Over two thirds of respondents say that they have been assaulted at work or have seen someone get assaulted.
  • Over 70% of respondents say they don’t think there are enough security officers at their facility (or don’t have any).
  • Over half of the respondents believe that their assault wouldn’t be responded to in a timely manner.
  • Over 90% of respondents believe that security officers deserve better equipment.

Nobody deserves to face violence at work – especially not frontline health workers.

Send a message

That’s why we are launching the AWU Queensland Health Workplace Violence Campaign to improve safety of staff at Queensland Health facilities.

Our representative delegates have chosen the following common-sense solutions that workers are calling for:

1. Queensland Health to introduce a standardized minimum level of protective equipment across Queensland Health for security and staff.

2. Queensland Health to ditch the failed MAYBO and MAPA training models and replace them with a fit-for-purpose training system.

3. Clearly defined zero tolerance for violence, with assaults on Queensland Health staff treated as ‘serious assaults’ under the Criminal Code.

4. Queensland Health to commit more security personnel to hospitals across the entire system.

5. Streamlined WorkCover claims for Queensland Health staff and better post-assault support.

We get big change when we all work toward a common goal – if we work together, we can improve the safety of all Queensland Health workers.

Sign below to send a message to Queensland Health that workplace violence is unacceptable.

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