Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine and consortia partner, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM), have developed a three-unit Course for health practitioners in Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence which commenced in 2021 and will continue in 2022.
This training program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) as an initiative under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010–2022. The training will equip healthcare professionals to recognise and respond appropriately to adult disclosures of sexual violence.
Monash University is seeking expressions of interest from registered and practicing health practitioners providing primary health care services to undertake the RACGP and other medical college CPD-accredited training pilot at no cost.
Unit 1 will provide an evidence-based overview of sexual violence prevalence, drivers, short- and long-term impacts on individuals and the community and an overview of justice responses.
Doctor Intakes commencing: 28 March / 23 May / 20 June
Nurse Intakes commencing: 15 March / 09 May / 04 July
Unit 2 focuses on the patient consultation, medical care and documentation and referrals.
Doctor Intakes commencing: 30 May / 25 July / 15 August
Nurse Intakes commencing: 16 May / 11 July / 29 August
Unit 3 covers immediate and long-term care for individuals who are known to be at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence.
Doctor Intakes commencing: 1 August / 19 September / 10 October
Nurse Intakes commencing: 18 July / 5 September / 17 October