Are you safe and secure when working – anywhere and anytime?

Mrs Brenda Birch1

1CRANAplus, CAIRNS, Australia


Every person, no matter where they work, cultural background or whatever the work arrangement, has the right to physical and psychologically health and safety at work (Safety Work Australia 2019).   With increasing evidence showing correlations between worker health, safety and wellbeing and improving patient outcomes it’s critically important to improve the experience for those that work in remote and isolated healthcare, fundamentally their safety and security.

To date data shows that there is significant uptake of knowledge generated from the CRANAplus safety and security projects as evident by adoption of guidelines, downloads of resources and enrolments in training programs.  A further mixed method evaluation of the Stay Safe and Security (SSS) course conducted by Dr. Tess Opie 2019, has indicated overwhelming support and favourable attitudes towards the SSS course (including its perceived cultural safety). Reported changes to workplace safety practices, as well as the introduction and development of new workplace safety guidelines and policies were purportedly the result of exposure to, and participation in the SSS training.  However, to date there appears no empirical data to date addressing workplace violence for less traditional roles in remote and isolated health, such as indigenous health workers, aged care personal care assistants, administrative staff, ancillary staff such as transport officers and support staff.

This session will generate:

  • Awareness of current interventions including Safety and Security Guidelines translation into practice;
  • Challenge attitudes, perceptions and reform of safety and security; and
  • Highlight accountabilities and action moving forward.

Beyond safety and security advocacy, training and support, what role should CRANAplus have into the future?

Safety Work Australia 2019, Work-related psychological health and safety, National Guidance Material web link:

Opie, T., 2018, The Remote Workforce Safety Training Project: Evaluation Report CRANAplus


Brenda Birch is an experience clinician with a passion for safe, high quality healthcare within a number of key quality, safety and risk leadership roles across Australian.  Brenda has presented on a number of clinical and organisation risk management topic in Australia and London and currently holds the National Safety and Security Portfolio with CRANAplus.  Qualifications include: RN, RM, Grad Cert. Health Service Management, Cert IV Train the Trainer, Cert IV WHS, Diploma Risk Management, Green Belt Six Sigma, Grad Dip Engineering and currently studying MBA. Email: