Alliance to prevent needlestick and sharps injuries in the healthcare workplace:
One of the significant risks in the healthcare workplace is injury by needlestick or other sharps device.
An initial roundtable was held at Parliament House Canberra in late March 2009.
Participants in the roundtable heard on recent developments in Europe from a leader of Health First, an advocacy group with similar aims to the Australian coalition, and also from a nurse who suffered a needlestick injury in the workplace, resulting in occupationally acquired HIV infection.
The participants resolved to establish an alliance with three key objectives:
Reforming OH&S guidelines under the new Worksafe Australia program to introduce national codes of practice to require the mandatory use of safety engineered devices
Improving education of healthcare workers on the potential risks from workplace needlestick injuries and the need to incorporate this education into formal training and education programs
Requiring mandatory reporting of needlestick injuries so that the number of incidents and outcomes can be tracked.
The confirmed alliance partners are:
Australian Infection Control Association
Australian Nursing Federation
Associate Prof Cathryn Murphy (as an independent expert)
The Medical Technology Association of Australia (MTAA) is the national association representing companies in the medical technology industry. MTAA aims to ensure the benefits of modern, innovative and reliable medical technology are delivered effectively to provide better health outcomes to the Australian community.
MTAA represents manufacturers and suppliers of medical technology used in the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and management of disease and disability. The range of medical technology is diverse with products ranging from familiar items such as syringes and wound dressings, through to high-technology implanted devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, hip and other orthopaedic implants. Products also include hospital and diagnostic imaging equipment such as ultrasounds and magnetic resonance imaging machines.
MTAA members distribute the majority of the non-pharmaceutical products used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and disability in Australia. Our member companies also play a vital role in providing healthcare professionals with essential education and training to ensure safe and effective use of medical technology.