Wars, natural disasters, interpersonal conflict and accidents may all result in injury and disability. WCPT is one of the actors in the prevention and management of injury through its participation in a range of campaigns and through its collaboration with the Violence and Injury Prevention team at WHO.
In October 2008 an inaugural international conference addressing workplace violence in the health sector entitled "Together, Creating a Safe Work Environment" was held in Amsterdam.
The conference articulated the consensus that violence in the health sector compromises the quality of the care experience of both recipients and providers. The impact of the problem extends the service setting and is also a major concern from both occupational health and safety and public safety perspectives.
The conference concluded with a call for the second conference to broaden the exploration of the problem, and to extend the epidemiological debate to include greater emphasis on sustainable strategies to prevent, manage, and mitigate against the very significant impacts of the problem.