Online tool to help prevent GP violence

As part of the three-stage initiative — also targeting at-risk groups such as teachers and police — a Working Safe in Rural and Remote Australia website was due to be launched this week in Canberra.

The government-funded project is a collaborative effort of the RDAA, ACRRM, the Australian Nursing Federation, the Police Federation, the Queensland Teachers’ Union and CRANAplus.

The chair of the RDAA Female Doctors Group, Dr Jenny May, who is heavily involved in the project, said a survey was conducted early last year to determine the prevalence of violence experienced by these professions in a rural setting.

The results showed that of the 624 respondents — most of whom were in the health sector — 57% reported experiencing verbal abuse from community members in the previous 12 months; 31% reported bullying and harassment from colleagues; 21% reported physical violence from community members; and 20% reported property damage