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More Hospital Security Measures Needed Following Staggering Assault Tally Last Year

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The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation says they will continue to advocate for improved safety in SA regional hospitals, following soaring numbers of violence and abuse reports.

In regional areas, incidents jumped from 863 in 2017 to almost 1500 last year.

Several of those violent incidents occurred at the Port Augusta and Whyalla Hospital over the past 12 months, which led to a push for further security measures.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Dabars, says the push resulted in a big win in 2021, with both Whyalla and Port Augusta's local hospitals introducing 24/7 security guards.

Ms Dabars  says the AMNF SA branch will continue to advocate for application of a 10 point plan and improved safety across ALL regional hospitals.

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