The NSW Labor Government has announced a 12-month trial of body worn cameras for security staff in select public hospitals across New South Wales. 

The initiative aims to enhance the safety of hospital staff, patients, and visitors in response to a series of aggressive assaults on healthcare workers.

The trial will involve up to 300 body worn cameras deployed across nine hospitals. 

These include Wyong, Westmead, Royal North Shore, Nepean, Liverpool, Wollongong, Shoalhaven, John Hunter, and Tamworth hospitals. 

The trial is designed to assess the effectiveness of body worn cameras in deterring and de-escalating violent incidents. Additionally, the footage collected may serve as evidence in legal proceedings.

Planning is currently underway to ensure that robust privacy and security measures are in place. 

Recordings will only occur when security officers perceive a risk of harm to staff, patients, or others, ensuring the protection of privacy for all parties involved.

An independent evaluation will be conducted upon the trial's completion to determine its success and potential for broader implementation.

NSW Health facilities have implemented several key strategies to maintain a safe environment. These include ongoing risk assessments, safety huddles to communicate patient-related safety risks, and specific patient management plans. Multi-disciplinary Code Black response teams are also in place, involving both clinical and security staff.

Physical security measures such as enhanced line of sight for staff, dual egress at staff stations, lockdown arrangements, and secure perimeters are standard. 

Additionally, personal duress alarms, CCTV, effective lighting, and regular security patrols, particularly in car parks, contribute to the overall safety strategy.