An exploration of violence experienced by professionals from three sectors delivering key services in rural and remote workplaces

An exploration of violence experienced by professionals from three sectors delivering key services in rural and remote workplaces Conference Paper

12th National Rural Health Conference: Strong Commitment Bright Future

  • Author(s): Jenny May, Carolyn Marsden, Linda Kurti, Lee Holloway
  • Published: 2013

Abstract: Locally based health professionals, teachers and police are invaluable to rural and remote Australia, delivering services that contribute to the well-being, stability and sustainability of the communities they serve. Attracting and retaining an experienced workforce of these professionals is a challenge for many rural and remote communities for a multiplicity of reasons. One of the keys to retaining locally based health professionals, teachers and police is to provide a working environment where workers feel safe and supported. Workplace violence has far reaching consequences at the individual, organisational, and community level. At the individual level, the impacts of workplace violence are well known with the potential for serious psychological and physical effects that include anxiety, depression and physical illness. In addition, job dissatisfaction, burn out and a decision to leave have all been identified as sequelae of occupational violence.

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Jenny May, Carolyn Marsden, Linda Kurti, Lee Holloway, 2013, An exploration of violence experienced by professionals from three sectors delivering key services in rural and remote workplaces, Conference Paper, viewed 12 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3103.

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