Title

Physical Injuries Among Prison Officers In Western Australia

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CCH Australia

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Exercise and Health Sciences/Occupational Health Research Group

RAS ID

18282

Comments

This article was originally published as: Ngwenya, B. , Oosthuizen, J. D., & Mate, J. (2014). Physical injuries among prison officers in Western Australia. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment , 30(1), 135 -145. Original article available here.

Abstract

Prison Officers (POs) frequently encounter risks at work that could cause injury. These are often perceived to be client-centred violence. This study (n = 146) investigated the causes and effects of physical injuries among POs in ·Western Australia (W A). Positive relationships between a number of variables and injury were established. It is recommended that the Department of Corrective Services (DCS) continue investigating all incidents in order to develop and implement appropriate long-term preventive and corrective measures. The DCS needs to address recruitment strategies in order to attract younger people into the profession as the current POs population is aging. Comprehensive physical training, fitness maintenance and continual education programs for POs should be implemented in order to improve their capacity to cope with the demands of their role.

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