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Hospital charged over nurse assault

WorkSafe has charged a Melbourne hospital after a nurse was allegedly assaulted in its acute psychiatric unit.

Austin Health has been charged with two breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to maintain a workplace that is safe and without risk to health.

The hospital has been charged for failing to maintain safe systems of work; and for failing to provide information, instruction and training, Worksafe Victoria said in a statement.

The charges relate to an incident on 17 September 2019, in which a patient allegedly assaulted a nurse in the psychiatric unit’s high support area.

The matter is listed for a mention hearing at Heidelberg Magistrates’┬áCourt on October 6.

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