A NATIONAL survey has been launched as part of an innovative project, Working Safe in Rural and Remote Australia.
The project aims to explore a community-based approach to reduce workplace violence and improve safety for rural and remote health professionals, teachers and police.
Instigated by the Rural Doctors Association of Australia in collaboration with the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine, the Australian Nursing Federation, the Queensland Teacher's Union CRANAplus and the Police Federation of Australia, the project was developed following a national roundtable held in 2009 on workplace violence, which identified common risks faced by rural professionals in the health, education and policing sectors.
Project Steering Committee and chair of RDAA's Female Doctors Group Dr Jenny May said violence against rural professionals was an issue close to her heart.
"Many rural and remote professionals, particularly doctors, nurses, teachers and police are vulnerable to violence in the workplace," she said.
"We are often working on our own, rarely have access to support services, and work on an outreach basis within an isolated setting."
The survey is available at www.workingsafesurvey.com until February 17, and is intended for health professionals, teachers and police officers working in rural and remote locations in Australia with a population less than 25,000 people.