Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence in Adults

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 – Sexual Violence: Drivers and Impacts

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Determine indicators of sexual violence and assess patient risk.
  • Determine short and long-term health impacts of sexual violence and incorporate into patient management
  • Integrate impacts of vicarious trauma and unconscious bias into self-care and patient care management.
  • Integrate discussion on the role of police, the justice system and confidentiality into patient reporting options.

Doctor Intakes commencing:  28 March / 23 May / 20 June
Nurse Intakes commencing:  15 March / 09 May / 04 July

Unit 2 – Responding to Sexual Violence in Adults

Unit 2 focuses on the patient consultation, medical care and documentation and referrals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Prioritise and integrate the complex elements of sexual violence disclosures into patient care
  • Construct a trauma-informed patient management plan for patients who disclose sexual violence
  • Identify the key ethical, medical, and forensic issues that need to be addressed in patients disclosing sexual violence

Doctor Intakes commencing:  30 May / 25 July / 15 August
Nurse Intakes commencing: 
 16 May / 11 July / 29 August

Unit 3 – Responding to Sexual Violence in At-Risk Patients

Unit 3 covers immediate and long-term care for individuals who are known to be at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify forms of sexual violence experienced by at-risk patients and address barriers to disclosure.
  • Apply and integrate understanding of intersectionality and response frameworks into healthcare for patients from at-risk cohorts who disclose sexual violence.
  • Formulate patient-focused healthcare for at-risk patients who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Evaluate patient needs and apply understanding of psycho-social support services to provide referrals that address a patient’s complex and diverse needs and pathway for recovery.

Doctor Intakes commencing: 1 August  / 19 September / 10 October
Nurse Intakes commencing: 
 18 July / 5 September / 17 October

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