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4th Annual Hospital & Healthcare Security and Safety Conference

Posted by iahss-aus on November 25, 2011 at 12:00 AM

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

M: 040 708 2896 E: [email protected] W:




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