Remote healthcare to be made safer

STEPS to stamp out violence against medical staff based in remote regions will be discussed by professional groups.

Funded by the federal government, the Working Safe in Rural and Remote Australia roundtable – convened by the RDAA in 2009 – aims to finalise and establish by May next year a national framework to provide better safety for isolated staff.

RDAA Female Doctors Group chair, Dr Jenny May, said the roundtable will include ACRRM, the Australian Nursing Federation, the Police Federation of Australia, the Queensland Teachers’ Union and the Council of Remote Area Nurses Australia Plus.

“This is an issue close to my heart,” said Dr May, “as many health professionals – particularly female doctors and nurses – working in rural and remote areas are vulnerable to violence in the workplace.

“We are often working on our own, rarely have access to support services and commonly work on an