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Work related aggression and violence within the health and social services sector is a major problem which diminishes the quality of working life for staff, compromises organizational effectiveness and ultimately impacts negatively on the provision and quality of care. These problems pervade both service settings and all occupational professional groups in the health sector.
Considerable attention and advancements in addressing this problem have been achieved from service and organizational perspectives nationally and internationally. Following three successful conferences in 2008 and 2010 in Amsterdam, and 2012 in Vancouver, the 4th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, will take place in Miami, USA, from October 22-24 2014. In addition to raising awareness the 2014 conference will provide a platform to share international developments, with a particular emphasis on best practice research and initiatives to effectively respond to the problem.
The conference provides a wonderful opportunity to network and establish contacts with a very diverse community of colleagues engaged in this important area of work. Apart from the geographical world wide diversity of delegates, there is also a multiplicity of perspectives including clinical/service, organisational, educational, research and regulatory. The conference is also an unique opportunity to learn and to share innovative and best practice, ideas and experiences with colleagues. Wherever you work, take this opportunity to break away from your daily routine, in order to discover new approaches and to get acquainted with the lessons learned. But most of all to network and to return home with new knowledge, insight, ideas and newly motivated to your work and colleagues.
The call for abstracts will be published in October / November 2013
We thus cordially welcome you in Miami – USA in October, 2014
On behalf of the Organisation and Scientific Committee
Prof. Dr. Ian Needham, Chair and Mr. Kevin McKenna, Co-Chair of the Organisation and Scientific Committee & Nico Oud, MNSc, N.Adm, RN, Conference Organiser
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