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Townsville Hospital introduces body camera for staff to try to stop increasing number of attacks on staff

Following a successful trial in 2017 (read more here), Townsville Hospital has introduced body-worn cameras for its staff in an attempt to stop a rising number of attacks they experience.

It is intended that the footage will be used to help with prosecutions where violent acts occur in Townsville Hospital.

More information about the decision to introduce body-worn cameras is available here.

Attacks against healthcare workers have increased over recent years.  In November 2017, violence in Victorian hospitals resulted in the introduction of a Victorian Government policy to protect staff, patients and visitors from violence in hospitals. See our previous alert here.