Firearms or weapons in a healthcare service pose a serious risk to the health and safety of everyone within that service.

Under occupational health and safety legislation, health services are required to manage the potential risks posed by firearms, weapons or dangerous articles, and to provide a safe environment for all visitors and staff.

Victoria has developed a series of guiding principles to assist local health services to promote the deterrence, detection and management of firearms and weapons, and to develop their own operational policies and procedures.

These principles promote formal partnerships between health services and local police to educate health workers on dealing with weapons, and to form joint agreements governing all aspects of weapons management.