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The aim of the project was to introduce a brief structured stretching program to reduce musculoskeletal injuries and study the feasibility, acceptability, appropriateness, and potential for scale-up.

The team analysed 12 months of pre and post-program injury and incident data and conducted a post implementation staff survey and interviews.

The project resulted in a 63 per cent reduction in musculoskeletal incidents (down to three from eight) and a 100 per cent reduction in injury claims (zero from six). This was compared to a 33 per cent and 15 per cent reduction across the rest of the hospital.

The survey found the program was feasible, acceptable, and appropriate. In their interviews, staff reported that the program was not just physically beneficial but also promoted mindfulness and increased overall staff morale.

This simple and inexpensive program contributed to a reduction in musculoskeletal incidents and injuries in the department. Given the positive staff feedback it should be continued and potentially expanded to other areas.

Safety Leadership Program

As part of National Safe Work Month, Health Safety and Wellbeing launched an ambitious program to strengthen our safety culture through empowerment, leadership and skills enhancement of our workforce. The program introduced a range of new and exciting initiatives into the MNCLHD health and safety landscape.

The Safety Leadership Forum allowed our senior managers to collaborate and learn first-hand from respected industry leaders, experts from SafeWork NSW, Senior Solicitors, and the icare Paralympian Program to name a few.

During the forum, senior managers discovered how their roles influence to make MNDLHD the safest workplace possible. The Health Safety and Wellbeing team also launched the Safety Culture Survey – the first joint initiative between MNCLHD and icare to identify evidence-based strengths and opportunities in our safety culture.

The outcomes will assist the team to gain valuable cultural insights while prioritising future safety culture improvements.

Award Recipient: Staff and Patient Wellbeing Matters

Acute Mental Health Units are an identified high-risk environment for aggression related to patient symptoms of mental illness and associated behaviour. The display of aggression is more predictable in particular illness groups, like Personality and Psychotic Disorders.

The exact frequency of aggression displayed on the Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit was unknown, until now. The data collected was cause for grave concern for both patient care and staff wellbeing.

The use of Restraint and Seclusion practices in Mental Health Units is known to be;

  • The cause of re-traumatisation of mental health patients with childhood and adult trauma
  • The highest cause of staff injury resulting in sick leave and or, WorkCover claims.