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Encouraging nurses, doctors and paramedics to report assault

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ros Bates MP
Unit C7 Mudgeeraba Professional Centre
Swan Lane

Total Signatures - 490

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 9/11/2015

Closing Date: 16/02/2016

Tabled Date: 17/02/2016

Responded By: Hon Cameron Dick MP on 9/03/2016

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the risk of assault routinely faced by health staff
within the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service (GCHHS), particularly nurses, doctors and paramedics at Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) and Robina Hospital.


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to launch an awareness campaign within the GCHHS to draw attention to the maximum penalties which can be imposed for violence toward health staff under the former LNP Government's Safe Night Out Strategy, including biting, spitting, throwing bodily fluids or any serious bodily harm, with a view to encouraging nurses, doctors and paramedics to report incidences of assault in the workplace and allow these offences to be prosecuted.