Primary care plays a critical role in responding to and caring for patients who experience domestic and family violence (DFV), as people are more likely to discuss past or current domestic violence issues with primary care providers – more so than the police.
Funded by the Australian Government, the University of Melbourne’s Safer Families is leading the national Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program, a free DFV training program for primary care providers which aims to strengthen the capacity to effectively recognise, respond, refer and record DFV using a trauma and violence-informed approach.
The Pathways to Safety program is designed to enhance a whole of practice response with skilled GP and DFV facilitators delivering the training to clinical and non-clinical staff over two 1.5-hour online sessions. Training is delivered as an RACGP CPD-accredited activity (40 CPD points for GPs).
Please submit an Expression of Interest via the Safer Families website.
For further details, click here.
The Domestic and Family Violence Information Sharing Guidelines (refer to page 8) outlines when practitioners can legitimately share information without consent of person involved in a domestic violence incident.
A quick-reference Domestic and family violence information sharing factsheet and flowchart is also available for use by the health workforce working in busy and complex clinical environments.
As always, please consider your policies and obligations regarding patient privacy. If in doubt we recommend you contact your medical indemnity insurer.
Queensland Health have a range of resources to support the health workforce around domestic and family violence (DFV).
The Domestic and Family Violence common risk and safety framework (the CRASF) is a whole-of-system framework and includes a series of risk assessment and safety planning tools to help keep victim-survivors and their children safe.
The Level 1 tool is a screening tool designed for use by professionals, first responders and community members who encounter people who may have experienced DFV. There is a separate screening tool for adults and for children.
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Contact the appropriate service.
Families and children
Victims Counselling and Support Service – phone 1300 139 703 (24-hour appointment booking, information and telephone referrals.)
Rainbow Counselling Service (Relationships Australia) – phone 1300 364 277
Intellectual and learning disabilities
WWILD Sexual Violence Prevention Service for People With Intellectual and Learning Disabilities – phone (07) 3262 9844 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
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