Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Developing Safer Working Environments

Media Release

14 January, 2019

Developing Safer Working Environments

The newly appointed Northland DHB workplace violence prevention programme manager, Eliza Wallace was welcomed to the organisation this week in a formal pōwhiri. Eliza brings with her valuable in-depth knowledge and experience in the development of violence prevention strategies and pathways for preventing workplace violence and aggression.

The role which Eliza has been assigned to was established after ongoing staff survey results conducted throughout the organisation since 2017 highlighted that safety and wellbeing was a real issue for staff.

Approximately 367 reported events of workplace violence occurred between 2015 and February 2018 to staff at the Northland DHB. Many factors were attributed to these events happening including drugs, alcohol and increased presentations and admissions for delirium and dementia, as well as aggressive relatives. The impact on the individual, their families and colleagues, are significant, notwithstanding the effect on the quality of care provided to patients, and the organisation’s culture.

With this in mind, a Workplace Violence Prevention Group was established with a specific aim ‘For all people to feel safe within the Northland DHB workplaces.’ Among the group’s objectives were to ensure staff felt encouraged to report incidents of violence and to develop a framework that services within the Northland DHB can adopt to identify and manage risk factors for workplace violence in healthcare.

A Workplace Violence Prevention Plan was developed with targeted goals to be achieved from July 2017 through until June 2018. This lead to a toolkit of resources being put together, regular staff surveys were undertaken to gather valuable feedback, training opportunities were offered to educate staff on how to deal with critical incidents and risk mitigation and controls were put in place. The ultimate outcome from the plan was that management acknowledged that a new role was to be established to lead the workplace violence prevention programme.

Eliza spent much of her career working in the field as a social worker specialising in violence prevention and as a community violence prevention coordinator. More recently she has been focusing on research and lecturing in the field while she completed a Master of Social Practice qualification.

She believes that through offering this role, the Northland DHB and Te Tai Tokerau have the opportunity and potential to lead the way in workplace violence prevention and she looks forward to having further conversations and discussions with all staff to promote the development of safer workplace environments for all people.

“I am encouraged by the commitment to workplace violence prevention with the establishment of this new role, which acknowledges the importance and responsibilities that all organisations have in terms of addressing and championing violence prevention in workplaces,” said Eliza.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Davos World Economic Forum: Ardern Upbeat Despite Absences

The prime minister will soon wrap up her first day at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which is notable for who is there as much as who isn't.

Domestic political crises have kept a number of world leaders at home including US President Donald Trump, British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>


Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>


KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>


Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>


JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>


Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>




InfoPages News Channels