Ab­hor­rent at­tack as nurse spat on in city

ASSAULT

The Advertiser - - NEWS - GABRIEL POLYCHRONI­S BRAD CROUCH ELIZABETH HENSON DANIEL WILLS

THE Po­lice Com­mis­sioner has blasted a spit­ting at­tack on a nurse wear­ing her scrubs in the CBD on Tues­day morn­ing as “com­pletely ab­hor­rent”.

A woman is be­hind bars after she al­legedly spat a drink on the nurse, who was wear­ing blue scrubs, as she walked on Hind­ley St near King Wil­liam St just be­fore 7.30am.

The nurse was not phys­i­cally in­jured.

Of­fi­cers ar­rested a 42-yearold woman, of no fixed ad­dress, after the in­ci­dent was re­ported to the Hind­ley St po­lice sta­tion.

She was charged with assault on a pre­scribed emer­gency worker and fail­ing to state par­tic­u­lars.

She ap­peared in the Ade­laide Mag­is­trates Court on Tues­day af­ter­noon and did not ap­ply for bail.

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Grant Stevens crit­i­cised the at­tack.

“These types of be­hav­iours are com­pletely ab­hor­rent and shouldn’t be oc­cur­ring and we are res­o­lute in taking ac­tion against any in­ci­dents where emer­gency ser­vices work­ers, in­clud­ing health work­ers, are as­saulted in this way,” he said.

Aus­tralian Nurs­ing and Mid­wifery Fed­er­a­tion state sec­re­tary, Ad­junct As­soc Prof Elizabeth Dabars, was ap­palled by the in­ci­dent, not­ing it is the In­ter­na­tional Year of the Nurse and Mid­wife.

She said it again raised the is­sue of safe and se­cure park­ing for health work­ers on shift work, she said.

“At all times, nurses and mid­wives de­serve to be val­ued and re­spected, not spat on and abused,” she said.

“Nurses, mid­wives and other health pro­fes­sion­als come to work ev­ery day to pro­vide care for our community.

“In our cur­rent en­vi­ron­ment, in which our aware­ness of the risk of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease trans­mis­sion in the form of COVID-19 is greatly height­ened, spit­ting on an­other per­son is par­tic­u­larly ab­hor­rent.

“It is un­ac­cept­able for a nurse to be as­saulted on their way to work, or at any other time. It es­sen­tial that the fullest ex­tent of the law is ap­plied.

“De­ter­rence is im­por­tant to pre­vent fu­ture acts of vi­o­lence against our hard­work­ing and ded­i­cated health pro­fes­sion­als.

Nurses … de­serve to be val­ued and re­spected, not spat on and abused

ELIZABETH DABARS

“We have ad­vo­cated for ag­gra­vated of­fences to en­sure that acts of ag­gres­sion against health pro­fes­sion­als re­sult in higher penal­ties.”

Prof Dabars noted that as part of ef­forts to keep the health work­force safe and sup­ported, the fed­er­a­tion had ad­vo­cated for free park­ing within se­cure hos­pi­tal carparks

Pic­ture: MATT TURNER

REACH­ING OUT: Life­point Church pas­tors David and Donna Hall want the State Gov­ern­ment to re­lax re­stric­tions and in­crease con­gre­ga­tion size.

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