Hospital Security Action Plan

Emergency departments have the highest incidence of violence in healthcare, and up to 90% of emergency department staff have experienced some form of violence in the careers.1, 2 However, surveys have demonstrated that up to 70% of incidences of violence go largely unreported.3, 4 In Australia, emergency nurses have the highest risk of being victims of violence, second only to security staff.1 All staff, patients and visitors have the right to an environment that is safe from acts of violence. The College of Emergency Nursing Australasia welcomes the commitment by the Minister for Health to improve security in all NSW emergency departments.

Roundtable Delivers Hospital Security Action Plan

Action Plan arising from Security Roundtable

Wayne Varndell | National Board Director | NSW State President


  1. Kennedy, M., Violence in emergency departments: under-reported, unconstrained, and unconscionable. The Medical Journal of Australia, 2005. 183(7): p. 362-365.
  2. Australasia College for Emergency Medicine. Policy on violence in emergency departments. 2011 [cited 2015; Available from:
  3. Hogarth, K.M., Beattie, J., and Morphet, J., Nurses’ attitudes towards the reporting of violence in the emergency department. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2015. In print. Link:
  4. Lau, J.B.C., Magarey, J., and McCutcheon, H., Violence in the emergency department: A literature review. Australian Emergency Nursing Journal, 2004. 7(2): p. 27-37. Link: