Teachers, police, doctors and nurses in rural and remote areas feel vulnerable to violence in the workplace when working alone in isolated settings and working unsociable hours, according to "Keeping people safe", a recent survey of more than 600 rural and remote professionals. The survey was carried out as part of the Working Safe in Rural and Remote Australia project.
The results of the survey showed that there was an acceptance that there is a level of risk which comes from working in these jobs or in these locations. Working long and unsociable hours and working alone in isolated settings were identified as contributing to feelings of being unsafe in their workplace. While only 50% of respondents reported any incident in the prior 12 months, all respondents felt increased stress and anxiety resulting from concerns about workplace violence.