Melbourne Hospital Staff To Get Stab-Proof Vests

New funding to protect staff

Melbourne Hospital Staff To Get Stab-Proof Vests Pexels

Stab-proof vests and duress alarms are being rolled out across Victorian hospitals to try and protect staff from violent patients.

Health Minister Jill Hennessy on Tuesday announced $7 million in funding would be provided to help keep frontline staff safe from violence in the workplace.

"The unpredictable nature of many patients, particularly those affected by mental health challenges and drug and alcohol issues has meant that for too long and too many instances our healthcare workers have faced occupational violence and aggression," Ms Hennessy said.

Security staff, doctors and nurses would be equipped with some of the tools including the vests, duress alarms, body cameras, while there will be improved CCTV for hospitals.

The new safety equipment will go to 11 metropolitan health services and 11 regional and rural health services. Of those 14 had provided mental health facilities.