The Department of Health & Human Services provides a number of resources to ensure public health services have the policies, tools, and guidelines in place to help the health workforce deal with back injury prevention, occupational violence and workplace bullying. These include:

  • Back injury prevention - The Victorian Nurses Back Injury Prevention Project was established in 1998 to address the high proportion of back injuries incurred by nurses. The program was directed at eliminating or minimising manual handling by educating nurses to apply 'no lifting' principles when moving patients.
  • Preventing occupational violence in Victorian health services - The department is committed to ensuring the safety of staff and patients in our health services and is implementing a number of initiatives to address this complex and multifaceted issue.
  • Workplace bullying - The department provides information and resources to help health services respond effectively to bullying in the workplace and to develop and promote a positive workplace environment.

Preventing back injuries

An overview of the Victorian Nurses Back Injury Prevention Project established in 1998 to address the high proportion of back injuries incurred by nurses.

Occupational violence and aggression

The department is taking action to address occupational violence and aggression in Victorian health services.

Bullying and harassment

The department is working to eliminate bullying and harassment in the Victorian healthcare system by driving a consistent approach to culture change