Preparing for Practice

Stuck in the mud

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A good relationship between the community and health service is essential for providing the best long-term solutions for any problem. It requires Health Centre Managers and Remote Health Managers to make a considerable investment in establishing communication with community groups, rather than looking for the financial options and the quick fixes. This requires knowledge of the divergent subgroups and factions that exist within communities.

Health Workers, as community members, can help identify potential problems and advise of the appropriate management of the situation. It must also be remembered that violence may occur for any number of reasons and is often not aimed at you personally.

District Medical Officers (DMOs), Remote Area Nurses (RANs), Aboriginal Health Workers (AHWs) and employers have rights and responsibilities under the relevant Acts within the NT. Employers have a responsibility to provide safe and secure buildings and work environments. This includes the provision of duress alarms and emergency response procedures for each Remote Health Centre and community.

Failure of the staff to advise their employer about repairs needed to locks and fittings could result in diminished employer compensation responsibilities. In addition, it is important that the numbers that Chubb security will contact in the event of the duress alarm being activated are regularly checked. Local contacts in the event of an incident can be a very important first line of response. Additional information on personal safety issues is available in the Remote Health Centre Atlas.

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"Local contacts in the event of an incident can be a very important first line of response."

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