Busselton Health Campus' security boost

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Busselton Health Campus will receive funding for security staff and surveillance as part of a state government initiative to tackle violence in WA hospitals.

The state government announced the $11.23 million commitment to reduce violence in public hospitals on Tuesday, October 29.

It is understood the WA Country Health Service will be tasked with allocating $4.97 million of the funding among the state's regional hospitals, which will include CCTV and lighting upgrades for Busselton Health Campus.

Staff will also undertake an education and training program for dealing with aggressive patients, which will be rolled out across WA.

The service implemented a state-wide Preventing and Managing Occupational Violence Strategy 2019-2023 earlier this year, aimed at preventing incidences of violence towards staff.

A WA Country Health Service spokeswoman said that while there had not been an increase in year-on-year code black instances in the South West, the WA Country Health Service considered one instance of violence and aggression against its staff to be one too many.

Health Minister Roger Cook said violence towards hospital staff was intolerable and the state government was committed to taking action to protect staff and patients.

"Since I hosted the Stop the Violence Summit in July, the Department of Health has been working with hospitals to assess their specific needs," he said.

"As a result, we are delivering more security staff, enhanced CCTV and specialist drug and alcohol workers in our public hospital emergency departments.

"Our hospital staff deserve more respect and should be able to get on with their job of saving lives without the threat of violence."