Hollywood Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

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Hollywood promotes safety for healthcare professionals and patients

Aug 01, 2017

On Wednesday 26 July, Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood) hosted an important event for members of the healthcare community, ‘Managing Violence and Aggression in the Healthcare Workplace’.

The event was a joint initiative between Hollywood, the Safety Institute of Australia and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Presenter, Trevor Lawson, provided attendees with insights into occupational violence and aggression. He also demonstrated how they can use tactical communication skills to perform their job safely and deal with difficult and violent workplace situations in a professional manner.

Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said "Unfortunately, occupational violence and aggression occurs frequently in some healthcare settings. Through this event, we’ve helped equip healthcare workers with the necessary skills to provide and maintain a safe environment for themselves and the Western Australian community."

"We’re very fortunate at Hollywood as the prevalence of aggressive incidents is low. However, it’s essential that our staff on the frontline including nurses, allied health professionals, and doctors have the necessary training and support to manage situations that could compromise safety."

"By investing in education and training, we can help ensure they’re able to provide the best possible care and services to patients in a safe environment."

As part of Hollywood’s commitment to safety, the hospital is assessing risks associated with different types of aggression across all wards and departments. Hollywood also has a variety of controls in place to manage occupational violence. These controls are regularly reviewed to ensure their relevance and effectiveness.