Catholic Safety, Health and Welfare SA
The Hon Paul Caica MP presented.Kathy Grieve with her Augusta Zadow Scholarship.
This scholarship was awarded to Kathy Grieve of Catholic Safety, Health and Welfare SA to undertake a project on 'Menopause and work'.
Ms Grieve manages occupational health, safety and welfare for the Catholic Church in South Australia, which employs many women as teachers and nurses.
Key safety issues
Although women constitute a large percentage of the Australian labour force and menopause is a significant event in the lives of all women, information and research about menopause and work can be hard to find. The effect of menopause on the lives of working women has been afforded little research.
This scholarship will enable Ms Grieve to undertake research and visit organisations in England that have either studied the effects on women who work during menopause, or implemented strategies to deal with the issue.
On completion of her research, Ms Grieve plans to develop a health promotion leaflet and a webpage to provide women with information regarding the symptoms of menopause and offer basic strategies to assist with symptom management, especially in the workplace.
Both tools will offer links to professional organisations and verified information sites. The leaflet and website will provide women with reliable information that they can access while still remaining anonymous.
Vicki Hutchinson and Belinda Purvis
Repatriation General Hospital
The Hon Paul Caica MP presented the Augusta Zadow Scholarship for Vicki Hutchinson and Belinda Purvis of Repatriation General Hospital. Ro Williams and Belinda Purvis accepted the award at the presentation night.
Vicki Hutchinson and Belinda Purvis, both from the Repatriation General Hospital, were awarded this scholarship to deliver their project on the management of aggression/violence in a clinical environment.
Key safety issues
Client aggression and violent incidents toward healthcare workers and others in the healthcare setting are increasing in incidence around the world. Evidence from current literature suggests that changes in healthcare access, nursing staff shortages and the acuteness of patients' conditions are some of the possible causes.
Nurses in a range of work environments face the terrifying possibility of becoming victims of aggressive and violent incidents while caring for patients. Research has shown the health industry to be the most violent industry in Australia. The consequences include an increased cost to the healthcare system, loss of experienced nurses from the workforce and the inability to attract nurses back to the workplace.
Meaningful continuing education is seen as a crucial link in the retention of nurses. Ms Hutchinson and Ms Purvis intend to develop an electronic learning programme to educate and prepare nurses for dealing with clinical scenarios before aggression or violence is demonstrated.
The eLearning programme, which will incorporate learning strategies based on clinical scenarios, problem solving and clinical reasoning, will complement and enhance the current 'hands on' training programme and be directly transferable for use by other health units.