September 30, 2013

Workplace Violence Against Mental Health Nurses on The Rise

Mental health nurses working in Australia have been punched in the face, bitten and had their car tyres slashed in a string of violent workplace attacks reported to a new hotline.

More than 14 critical incidents have been logged with the Health and Community Service Union's telephone hotline in the past month, prompting calls for more mental health workers and specialist training. The hotline allows mental health workers to log threats and assaults, and has recently been expanded for disability workers.