HACSU surveyed over 500 members, and visited over 150 workplaces in the public mental health sector, to talk about what how we can improve our EBA. Better services for clients, greater staffing number and improved safety were the three main concerns raised by HACSU members. That’s why HACSU’s campaign is fighting for SERVICE. STAFFING. SAFETY.
HACSU represents thousands of mental health workers in Victoria. As a union HACSU reflect the values that our members hold. This is why quality service provision is important to HACSU.
Through EBA bargaining, HACSU is able to help improve workforce capacity (and thus improve service delivery) through staffing profiles, training and skill development, improved classifications and new and additional positions.
In an environment of increasing demand and acuity, staffing levels and caseload management is pivotal in the delivery of quality service provision.
Members who completed HACSU EBA campaign survey indicated that improving staffing levels and workload were a major priority for the 2016 EBA bargaining round.
Over 54% of respondents said that their workload was either heavy or excessive. Appropriate workload and staffing are critically important for not only service delivery, but safety for staff and clients. The detailed claims have been developed by members to carefully address the realities of managing workloads within the day-to-day work of mental health practitioners.
Workplace violence (WPV) in the mental health sector has long been accepted as part of the job.
HACSU’s 2016 EBA log of claims seeks to develop a workplace environment and policy that will work to prevent violence and support staff experiencing WPV.
Some specifics include a WPV impact statement to be included in all workplace restructures and change proposals. Mandatory employer WPV reporting, WPV audits and a system to ensure MPV prevention practice and policy is and sufficiently funded.