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Safe & Secure Hospital & Healthcare Worker Conference

Best practice learnings, practical strategies & effective collaboration to drive meaningful change

1-2 December 2020 | Virtually Delivered Event
Sydney AEDT/UTC+11

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Security incidents in healthcare settings and violence against health care workers is all too common, frequently underreported and on the rise across the country.

COVID-19 has worsened this already significant problem. The WHO has stated this alarming trend “reinforces the need for improved measures to protect health care from acts of violence. During the COVID-19 pandemic more than ever, protecting the health and lives of health care providers on the frontline is critical to enabling a better global response”.

This event is about improving safety and security in healthcare by addressing real pain points with practical strategies, discussing policies and initiatives to prevent and manage occupational violence and aggression, showcasing and learning from best practice, and exploring opportunities for collaboration.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Worksafe Evaluation – How Workplace Violence is Viewed, Managed and Necessary changes in Healthcare
  • Occupational violence risk assessment and management plan & practical tools
  • Emergency Services Engagement in Mental Health – Services and Programs To Enhance & Engage
  • Managing the safety and security challenges created and exacerbated by COVID-19
  • Addressing discrimination, bullying and sexual harrassment
  • Ambulance – Initiatives to mitigate workplace violence & ensure safe transfer
  • The OVA challenge with elderly populations – getting the right balance
  • Safe Restraint – Legal and practical perspectives
  • Post-incident support and ensuring effective psychological first aid
  • Culturally and linguistically diverse populations – Effective strategies to prevent aggression from frustration

We are offering this as a virtual event to make access to this event possible for more of you. We understand how health care staff, first responders and government are working harder than ever and simply don’t have enough hours in the day. Even if you were able to travel, attending a traditional face to face conference would be too much time out of the office or away from your patients. No matter how important the content.

This virtual event allows you to access critical, timely information on managing safety and security and preventing violence in health care in a way that is easier for you.

You can dip in and out for conference sessions you are interested in, you can re-watch the content during and after the event if you miss something, you can connect with your peers across the country and arrange one-to-one meetings – all from your desk or home office.

Register for your Virtual Pass today and ensure your organisation doesn’t miss out on the opportunity to improve your approach to safety and security for your staff.

CPD: This virtual conference attracts up to 10 hours of CPD required by the NMBA for registration renewal.

For your CPD records, once you have registered and attended the event, please apply to our customer service team for a letter confirming your attendance to the event at


Elisa Ilarda

Co-ordinator - Occupational Violence & Aggression Prevention, Safety, Risk & Emergency Management, Western Health

Dr Ainslie Senz

Director – Footscray Emergency Department, Western Health

Cathy Cooper

Forensic Clinical Specialist, Eastern Health

Chris Azzam

Program Manager, Worksafe Victoria

Janine McIlwraith

Principal Lawyer, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Jim Snipe

Lead Trainer for Management of Aggression and Violence, Alfred Health

Susan Harding

Nurse Unit Manager, Department of Emergency Medicine, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

Justine Mitchell

Occupational Violence & Aggression Coordinator, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

James Casey

Practice Group Leader, Slater and Gordon Lawyers

Monita Mascitti-Meuter

Cultural Diversity Program Coordinator, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Sean Evans

Mental Health Service Manager, The O'Brien Centre, St Vincent's Hospital

Ross Judd

Security Services Manager, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney

Danielle Austin

Incident Response Manager, St Vincent's Hospital

Sergeant Scott McLean

Divisional MHaPS Manager & MH Liaison, Maroondah Police Service, Victoria Police

Kath Jones

Senior Inspector Scientific Officer, WorkSafe Service Industries and Specialists Directorate , WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Sally-Anne Jones

Federal President, ANMF & Nursing Director Critical Care, Women's and Children's Services, Redcliffe Hospital

Maciej Polkowski

Head of Health Care in Danger Initiative, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Anna Love

Chief Mental Health Nurse, Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria

Luke Bartlett

Registered Nurse, Right in The Head Threat Management and Psychological Services/Asia Pacific Association of Threat Assessment Professionals

Jackson Fogerty

Regional Sales Specialist | APAC, Axon

Professor Marie Gerdtz

Head of Department – Nursing, University of Melbourne

Tanya Heaney-Voogt

Founding Director, Wombarra Consulting

Dr John Bonning

President, Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Paul Bellman

Regional Manager, Intensive Care Paramedic Ambulance Operations – Southern, St John Ambulance Australia (NT) Inc.

Dr John Durkin PhD

Member, Committee of Management of CIMA and Board of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation



The Virtual Event Experience

The health and safety of our delegates, speakers and staff is our top priority. That is why Safe & Secure Hospital & Healthcare Worker Conference will now run as a virtual event. We are delighted to present an innovative and creative format for the event which allows for greater participation from delegates both across Australia and around the world.

This virtual event will be hosted on a sophisticated, fully interactive platform that encourages communication through instant chat and video meetings. This event has a longer life span, having access to the excellent networking capabilities for one month after, but also access to the quality content after the event.

The content will be world class with a selection of expert speakers and the ability for delegates to directly ask questions and engage virtually from the safety and comfort of your own home or workplace anywhere in the world. The networking will be more productive and the business development opportunities will be measurable and impactful with a streamlined platform to promote your solution and connect with the right people.

Gain access to live content of the conference along with quality matchmaking and Q&A opportunities! Hear from leading industry experts live and schedule your sessions with a virtual agenda, completely customizable to opt into any panels offered across the event.

With intent based and AI powered virtual matchmaking, you will meet quality leads over 1:1 meetings to make meaningful connections.

View and interact with other participants and speakers during the sessions with live Q&A, chats and polls.

A virtual showcase of players in the industry for you to view product demos, network and take your business to the next level.

See below a quick 3-minute video that showcases how the virtual platform works:

when & where

01 - 02 Dec 2020

Virtually Delivered Event


Still have a question?

Frankie Brewer
Conference Manager
0439 780 927

Danielle Newman
Senior Business Development Manager
+61 2 9080 4432

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