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Question Without Notice No. 492 asked in the Legislative Council on 15 May 2019 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 15 May 2019

HEALTH STAFF — ASSAULTS AGAINST

492. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

I refer to staff assaults within the health system.

(1) How many assaults on staff have there been in the public health system in the past five years, and what is the underlying trend?

(2) What kinds of assaults are occurring?

(3) Where are the main hotspots for hospital staff being assaulted?

(4) Are high-risk areas being identified; and, if yes —

(a) what security measures have been employed in these high-risk areas; and

(b) do any of our at-risk hospital staff have personal-protection garments; and, if so, what are they and when are they required?

(5) Can the government please highlight how it plans to better protect our doctors and nurses against serious assault?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

Due to the detailed nature of the question, I am advised that the Department of Health is not able to provide the requested information in the time required and I therefore ask the honourable member to place this question on notice.