April 6th, 2017

Late last year Members asked management to be accountable for their Workplace Health and Safety issues regarding training on how to appropriately restrain a particular resident who would often have aggressive outbursts.

Last year, HACSU wrote to Facility Manager Glenn Wickham with some serious concerns raised by HACSU Members regarding a resident of Yaraandoo. Members had stated that the resident’s behaviour due to his mental state was causing physical danger to workers.

HACSU then reminded Mr Wickham that it was a requirement under the Workplace Health and Safety Act that an employer has a duty of care to provide its employees with a safe work place. After much to and fro, management conceded and organised behaviour management training.

The training occurred in February and approximately 50 staff members attended. However, HACSU Members feel that this training was still inadequate. HACSU has heard that the training dealt largely with dementia residents instead of teaching Members the correct technique used to restrain residents who require restraints due to aggressive mental health issues.

Since being advised of this, HACSU has once again spoken to Mr Wickham regarding to his commitment and obligation to supply adequate training.

Members have now once again gained commitment from management to provide appropriate training.

Mr Wickham agreed with Members’ concerns and given verbal commitment to HACSU Industrial Organisers that he will to continue to look for and provide Members with appropriate training as soon as possible.

HACSU congratulates Members for their commitment in continuing to pursue appropriate training. HACSU will continue to communicate with Mr Wickham in order to ensure that there is follow-up on his commitment. We will update Members accordingly.

For more information about this or any other industrial matter Members should contact HACSUassist on 1300 880 032 or email assist@hacsutas.net.au or complete our online contact form.