Legislative Council: Wednesday, November 30, 2022


Port Lincoln Hospital Security

In reply to the Hon. S.L. GAME ().6 September 2022).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): The Minister for Health and Wellbeing has advised:

We have been aware of security incidents at Port Lincoln Hospital for several years, and during the election campaign we committed to a security review of the hospital.

A comprehensive review of security risks and arrangements will be conducted and to ensure exceptional quality, will be overseen by a committee, led by an independent chair, and made up of a broad membership, including health, clinical, consumer, cultural and union representatives, with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation among them.

The first formal meeting on the security review was undertaken on 24 October.

In the meantime, following approval by the Eyre and Far North Local Health Network governing board, I am pleased to confirm that security guards have been stationed to provide 24/7 coverage at the hospital, which commenced 10 October.