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Bruce Irvine awarded Medal of Distinction by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety

Posted by iahss-aus on June 10, 2012 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Press Releases - distributed to media 10 June 2012

Bruce Irvine awarded Medal of Distinction by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety 

Australian healthcare security and emergency preparedness advocate Bruce Irvine has been awarded the Medal of Distinction by the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS) at an awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Mr Irvine is the only Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) in Australia.

He believes there are issues within our hospitals and other healthcare facilities in relation to the way security and emergency preparedness is approached.

Bruce is the Regional Chair of the IAHSS and a campaigner for change, aiming to educate and promote the need to have specialized training for Healthcare Security Officers, and properly risk assess the low frequency high risk events with limited discretionary time in healthcare.

He emphasises the need to view every day in healthcare as a training day for emergency preparedness. He advocates moving away from the paper plan syndrome and start teaching the humans what to do.

About International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety

The International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety, or IAHSS for short, is the only organization solely dedicated to professionals involved in managing and directing security and safety programs in healthcare institutions. IAHSS is comprised of security, law enforcement and safety individuals dedicated to the protection of healthcare facilities worldwide. IAHSS strives to combine public safety officer training with staff training, policies and technology to achieve the most secure hospital environments possible. Additionally, the IAHSS partners with government agencies and other organizations representing risk managers, emergency managers, engineers, architects, nurses, doctors and other healthcare stakeholders to further patient security and safety.

Its members have joined together to develop educational and credentialing programs and create a body of knowledge that meets the needs of today's fast paced and ever changing environment. Whether your institutions is a multi campus facility, a small local hospital or an extended care facility, IAHSS offers you an opportunity to interact with others who share your concerns and have developed innovative responses.

5th Annual Hospital & Healthcare Security & Safety Conference

Posted by iahss-aus on April 18, 2012 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)


The 5th Annual Hospital & Healthcare Security & Safety Conference will be on the 25th & 26th October at the Radisson Resort Gold Coast.
We will be having the Chapter dinner again and IIR is looking at including our event in there advertising.
There are some other initiatives being looked at and I will keep you informed as we move forward.
Best Regards

New Affiliation

Posted by iahss-aus on April 18, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I would like to announce our affiliation with the Security Providers Association of Australia Limited. They have nominated to become a member of the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) and I, in my capacity as IAHSS Regional Chair have supported this nomination.

A bit about them:
The Security Providers Association of Australia Limited (SPAAL) is a national not-for-profit association and leading Approved Security Industry Association (ASIA) accredited for security licence holder membership under Security Industry legislation. Membership is available to all security service providers throughout Australia. In today’s highly regulated security industry it is imperative for licence holders’ to fully understand their compliance obligations, achieving and maintaining compliance and being able to dedicate the time and resources to the growth of their business. Our ongoing theme is EDUCATION, COMPLIANCE and GROWTH.

I would like to thank Mark Pasquale the Acting General Manager of SPAAL for making the time to speak with me, and his interest in our organisation, we look forward to an exciting and fruitful affiliation with their organisation in our endeavours to further ours. This will include assistance in becoming an Approved Security Industry Association that will help raise our profile and gather more industry professionals to consider membership.

Bruce - Regional Chair

4th Annual Hospital & Healthcare Security and Safety Conference

Posted by iahss-aus on November 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The 4th Annual Hospital & Healthcare Security and Safety Conference was held at the Rendezvous Hotel in Melbourne the capital of Victoria in Australia on the 24–25 October 2011.


Our involvement with this conference has been from the Inaugural conference, and in the lead up to this event we had to address feedback that identified there have been concerns about the IAHSS being a “US-centric” association in terms of its relevance to an Australian audience. As you would expect Jim Stankevich and I fired into action, with some affective salvos coming from Joe Bellino.


After some email exchanges and recommendations we soon became the key player in the organisation on the conference rather than just the keynote speaker, we also chaired the conference and actively sort delegates to attend, contributed to a media release and formal invitations.


Thanks go to Chris Rasmussen (Australian & New Zealand Chapter Chair Person), Russel Grigg (Vice Chair Person), Brian McConnell (Secretary/Treasurer) and to Evelyn Meserve, CHPA (IAHSS Executive Director) and Jim Stankevich CHPA (IAHSS President) for all their efforts, and to Jim and Evelyn especially for flying to Australia to help facilitate the meeting with the conference organisers and to attend our Charter Chapter meeting.

As a result the Conference was organised for the first time in Australia with a major contribution from the IAHSS.

The Conference Day One

Bryan Warren President-Elect, International Association for Healthcare Security & Safety (IAHSS) and key note speaker kicked of the conference with his welcoming speech and an entertaining and informative delivery of his presentation (Workplace Violence Prevention). He then with the skill and professionalism that we have come to expect of our Presidents also chaired the first day of the conference that was a wonderful success.


In addition to all this our newly formed Australian and New Zealand Chapter organised a highly successful dinner and networking evening. This was organised by gaining sponsorship that allowed for entertainment and a value for money meal and networking opportunities among healthcare security colleagues after the first day of the conference.


So what was this year all about!


We decided in conjunction with the organisers to focus on interesting and relevant speakers that would get the delegates talking about issues and change for the future and not have everyone just complaining about what is wrong in their healthcare service. This was well and truly achieved! Secondly we wanted to improve our membership, we were permitted to have our own stand at the conference (see it at, we now have 12 members and more to come.


There was a wide range of informative and relevant speakers with appropriate subjects that are listed below.


Elizabeth Kennedy, Corporate Counsel, Epworth Hospital spoke about Legal Issues Arising out of Hospital Security Provision that engaged the delegates that lead to a into a great Q&A session that was enjoyed by all.


New IAHSS member Oliver Gouverneur, Manager - Health Security, Townsville Health Service District gave an entertaining delivery of his presentation Expansion and Redevelopment of Hospitals and Health Care Facilities: The Effects and Demands on Security Services.


Feargal O'Farrell, Sales and Marketing Director, Integrated Wireless and Donovan Ferguson, IT Project Manager, Southern Health spoke about client and provider working together collaboratively on Deploying Complex Security Solutions on a Modern IT Infrastructure.


Sgt Pat Ryle, Melbourne East Police Station, Victoria Police contributed with his organisations take on the Violence and Security Arrangements in Victorian Hospitals, and continued to contribute but making time to attend the dinner and remain part of the conference as a delegate.


Andrew Watson, Group Manager – Metropolitan Region, Ambulance Victoria contributed with an engaging delivery of his presentation Building Relationships and Establishing Effective Communication Between the Ambulance Service and Hospitals: Breaking Down Silos.


Katie Murdoch, Clinical Nurse Specialist in The Emergency and Trauma Centre, The Alfred spoke about improving our Capacity of Caring for People who Demonstrate Behaviours of Concern that was both thought provoking and engaged the audience as she had insight to the clinical view of healthcare security.


The last session for the day was a panel discussion about Security Officers, Their Limitations and How to Communicate Clinical Direction When Dealing with Aggressive or Mental Health Patients, this was conducted by Russel Grigg, Senior OHS Consultant, Security, Safety and Wellbeing Unit - Human Resources Services Division, Queensland Health, Ross Judd, Security Manager, St Vincent's Public and Private Hospitals, Darlinghurst and Peter King, Security and Occupational Violence Manager, Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital. This was and interesting interactive discussion and created some active debate.


The Conference Day Two

The second day I chaired the conference. This was no mean feat as I had engaged quite enthusiastically in the previous evenings Chapter dinner that involved the consumption of more than my wife’s recommended allotment of amber fluid. So being the first speaker of the day my delivery of my presentation Disaster & Emergency Preparedness, Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Incident - the Healthcare Human Responder was enthusiastically delivered and received.


The International Case Study: The Impact of the Recent Christchurch Earthquakes on Security in Disaster Management delivered by Mr Adam Creed, Security and Emergency Planning Manager, Canterbury District Health Board was fascinating and was enthusiastically engaged with by the delegates.


A case study into the Growth and Expansion of Services on the Gold Coast was delivered by Scott Bryson, District Protective Services Manager - Gold Coast Health Services District, Queensland Health. This created some debate and discussion regarding this subject taht is occurring more often as our population continues to grow.


Betty Kitchener OAM, Director - MHFA Training and Research Program, Oxygen Youth Health Research Centre - Centre for Youth -Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, University of Melbourne Healthcare spoke about Security Officers and Mental Health First Aid the training course that should be considered as part of essential training for non mental health staff that engage with clients that maybe suffers of who are under stress.


Beaver Hudson, Clinical Coordinator - Psychiatric Emergency Service, Inner City Health – St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney spoke about Mental Health, the ED and Hospital Security: Learning Each Other's Language that was interesting concept and provoked some thought amongst the delegates.


Ross Judd, Security Manager, St Vincent's Public and Private Hospitals, Darlinghurst spoke about the Planning and Development of a Purpose Built Mental Health Facility to Service Drug, Alcohol and Mental Health Patients/Consumers On-Site.


A great conference was had by all and the organisers reported that the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. They are looking forward to working with us next year at the Gold Coast in Queensland. Google that location then fight off the offers to be the international key note speaker! It is our premier tourist attraction and number one holiday destination!



Best Regards


Bruce Irvine CHPA

Dip.Bus Dip.Sec.Risk.Man.

Advanced.Dip.OHS - RABQSA Auditor

Regional Chair IAHSS Australia - New Zealand

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