Monash Health will benefit from additional safety measures to reduce and prevent violence through the second round of the Andrews Labor Government’s $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.

Member for Dandenong, Gabrielle Williams, today announced that Monash Health had secured funding from the $20 million Health Service Violence Prevention Fund.

Hospitals and mental health services across the state will see significant safety and security upgrades, including additional CCTV, more personal duress devices and alarms, and new infrastructure such as security doors, windows and restricted access areas.

In Dandenong, Monash Health will receive funding to install additional CCTV cameras and provide the ability to lockdown the facility from a centralised location.

The Casey and Dandenong Hospitals will also receive a security upgrade within key areas including the Emergency Department, Maternity Birth Unit & Diagnostic Imaging, by providing CCTV cameras and electronic access controls and doors at entrance points.

These projects build on the success of the first round of funding and continue to deliver on the Labor Government’s election promise to reduce violence at hospitals and mental health services by improving facilities and making them safer for staff, patients and visitors.

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Report into Occupational Health Violence Against Healthcare Workers found nurses, doctors, paramedics and other healthcare workers face particular risks because “they are at the frontline when it comes to dealing with people in stressful, unpredictable and potentially volatile situations.”

The Government is also funding a new public awareness campaign to reduce violence in Victorian hospitals as part of our plan to stop attacks against frontline health and mental health workers.