The health, safety and well being of Victorian public healthcare workers is a high priority for the Department of Health and Human Services. It is clear that the sustainability of our health system, the quality of care provided and patient outcomes are dependent on high-functioning teams and a positive workplace culture.
The department is taking a proactive, integrated and strategic approach to supporting health services, as employers, to meet all their occupational health and safety obligations. Accountability for ongoing oversight and support for good practice remains with health services. However, as system manager the department is responsible for strengthening leadership and governance of teams across the public healthcare system to ensure they are equipped to respond to poor workplace culture, and to prevent and intervene effectively where necessary.