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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 and patients, 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 and social services sector.

Considerable attention and advancements in addressing this problem have been achieved from service and organizational perspectives nationally and internationally. Following five successful conferences in 2008 and 2010 in Amsterdam, 2012 in Vancouver, 2014 in Miami and 2016 in Dublin the 6th International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector, will take place in Toronto, Canada, from October 24-26 2018. In addition to raising awareness the 2018 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.


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970 Dixon Road, Rexdale
Toronto, Ontario


Toronto is a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city with fun and enlightening things happening around every corner. You’ll find ethnic enclaves with the delicious food and fascinating culture that goes with them, and uniquely Canadian experiences too. You can walk, cycle, take transit and even paddle a boat if that’s your choice. As a gateway to a vast and diverse region that includes the awesome Niagara Falls, the lakes and forests of Muskoka and the Kawarthas and the capital city of our country, Ottawa, this is an ideal base for a day trip or overnight sojourn as well. Right next door are the cities of Mississauga and Brampton each of which have a compelling combination of natural escapes, Canadian heritage, ethnic diversity and a growing urban core with big-city amenities like shopping, arts and dining. Toronto welcomes you, and we are certain that your visit is one you’ll remember for a long time to come.



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, organizational, 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 2017


We thus cordially welcome you in Toronto – Canada in October, 2018

On behalf of the Organisation and Scientific Committee

IanNeedham    KevinMcKenna    nicooudnw1

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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