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Protecting healthcare workers from violent attacks

According to the World Health Organization, between eight and 38 per cent of healthcare workers suffer physical violence at some point in their careers and many more are threatened or exposed to verbal aggression.1 An Australian study of 9,951 doctors across all professions and stages of training revealed that 70.6 per cent reported experiencing verbal or written aggression and 32.3 per cent experienced physical aggression in their previous 12 months of practice.2

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