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Australian hospital staff to receive stab-proof vests

IANS  |  Canberra 

Hospital staff in the state of (WA) will soon receive stab-proof vests and panic to provide them with extra protection from violent and drug affected patients.

for Health announced on Sunday that the has committed 2.2 million Australian dollars (US $1.7 million) towards for frontline health and security staff in major hospitals and other health institutions, to address increasing levels of violence and aggression, reports

During 2016-2017, more than 11,000 incidents of violence and aggression were reported.

Over the next three years, around 250 anti-stab vests will be provided to over 2,500 personnel with mobile duress also on offer for health workers to reduce the risk of injury during home visits and

"Frontline health workers perform a vital service in our community, so it is essential we do all we can to ensure their safety," the said.

According to Cook, the security needs of high-risk sites such as tertiary hospital emergency departments, mental health institutions and maternity wards will be addressed in 2018-2019, with additional to be rolled out at other sites in subsequent years.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 15:26 IST