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Women and Newborn Health Service

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King Edward Memorial Hospital

Women's Health Clinical Support Programs

Family and domestic violence training

The Women's Health Clinical Support Programs (WHCSP) provides family and domestic violence (FDV) training and short presentations for WA Health staff. All our training is underpinned by the WA Health Guideline to Responding to Family and Domestic Violence.

Download the 2017 FDV Training Calendar

Bookings

Training via Video Conference:

WHCSP provides a series of VC sessions on various topics on family and domestic violence held throughout the year. This training is recommended for all WACHS front-line health staff including nurses, midwives, doctors, child health nurses, allied health staff etc.

To register for any VC training, please email whcsp@health.wa.gov.au

Training courses:

Short presentations:

  • WA Health role in responding to FDV (1 hour)
  • Preliminary Risk Assessment (1 hour)
  • FDV Screening refresher (1 hour)
  • The effects of family and domestic violence on children and effective ways to respond ( 2 hours)
  • Elder Abuse (1 hour) – presented by Advocare
  • Family and Domestic Violence – The Legal Stuff You Need To Know (2 hours) – presented by the Domestic Violence Legal Unit (DVLU)
  • Violence and trauma in the CaLD Community (2 hours)
  • Family and domestic violence in the CaLD community (1-2 hours)
  • Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation face-to-face training package (1-2 hours)

e-learning

To enrol or make an enquiry, follow our instructions for bookings.

For more professional development opportunities, visit the WNHS Education Hub.

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Bookings

Bookings can be made in one of the following ways:

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Training Courses

Identifying and Responding to Family and Domestic Violence in a WA Health setting

Target Audience:

Front-line health professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Doctors, Allied Health staff.

Audience size:

8 people (min) – 20 people (max)

Duration:

3 hours

Overview:

An introductory course on family and domestic violence for WA Health staff. This training will equip participants with the basic skills, knowledge and understanding to effectively identify a client who may be in an abusive relationship and respond appropriately. This course will address the role of WA Health staff in identifying and responding to family and domestic violence.

Expected Outcomes:

For participants to have a greater understanding of:

  • The patterns and dynamics of family and domestic violence
  • The role of WA Health in supporting families experiencing abuse
  • How to recognise a client who may be experiencing abuse
  • How to support a client who discloses they are in an abusive relationship
  • An initial assessment of a client’s safety
  • Appropriate FDV referral pathways and various FDV support services
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FDV Risk Assessment Tool

Target Audience:

Social Workers, and other health staff who would like to learn more about how to assess a client’s safety.

Audience size:

8 people (min) – 20 people (max)

Duration:

3 hours

Overview:

In this work-shop, participants will learn how to undertake a comprehensive family and domestic violence (FDV) risk assessment. This risk assessment tool aligns with the Common Risk Assessment Management Framework (CRAMF). The training also provides information on safety planning, including safety with technology and safety for children. It is a pre-requisite that participants have either completed the FDV ELearning package or have prior knowledge in family and domestic violence.

Expected Outcomes:

From this workshop, it is expected that participants will:

    • Understand the factors to consider when assessing a client’s risk
    • Feel confident in undertaking a Risk Assessment
    • Understand what makes a good referral
    • Understand how to support clients experiencing FDV
    • Feel confident to discuss safety planning with clients
  • Preventing Violence Against Women: a focus on the CaLD community
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Understanding Female Genital Cutting/mutilation: A focus on practice guidelines

Target Audience:

Front-line health professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Doctors, and Allied Health staff.  NGO staff and other public servants are also welcome.

Audience size:

8 people (min) – 20 people (max)

Duration:

4 hours

Overview:

This four hour training explores and examines what female genital cutting/mutilation is and why it continues to be practiced amongst many different communities worldwide. Whilst there is a highly medicalised side to this ancient practice, this training will explore the socio-culture reasoning behind it. The aim of this knowledge is to inform best and safe practice to patients who may have experiences FGC/M.

Expected Outcomes:

  • Understand the prevalence of FGC/M
  • Distinguish between the four types of the procedure
  • Understand the dynamics behind the practice by examining he role of gender, marriage, culture and patriarchy
  • Exploring best practice guidelines whilst working with patients affected by FGC/M
  • Examine the legislation, different referral services and resources available on FGC/M
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Preventing Violence Against Women: a focus on the CaLD community

Target Audience:

Front-line health professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Doctors, and Allied Health staff. Any health professional who works with culturally and linguistically diverse clients.

Audience size:

8 people (min) – 20 people (max)

Duration:

7.5 hours (full day training)

Overview:

This full day training explores:

  • The patterns and dynamics of FDV
  • The significant physical and mental health impacts on clients
  • The impact of FDV on infants and children
  • Identifying a client at risk
  • Screening
  • Responding to a disclosure
  • Distinguishing between family and domestic and FDV in the migrant community
  • A brief overview of gender-based violence, focusing on honour-based violence, forced marriages and female genital cutting/mutilation.
  • Best Practice guidelines and issues when working with CaLD clients
  • Culturally sensitive approaches when working with the CaLD population
  • Appropriate referral services for CaLD clients
  • Assessing a client’s safety
  • Appropriate referral pathways and support tools.

Expected Outcomes:

For participants to have a greater understanding of:

    • The patterns and dynamics of Family and domestic violence
    • Gendered based violence
    • How to recognise a client who may be experiencing abuse
    • How to support a client who discloses they are in an abusive relationship
    • Issues to consider when engaging with CaLD clients
    • Appropriate FDV referral pathways and various FDV support tools available
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Thinking outside the box: working with perpetrators of family and domestic violence

Target Audience:

Front-line health professionals including Nurses, Midwives, Child Health Nurses, Doctors, and Allied Health staff. Any health professional who works with clients who choose to be violent to their partners or family members.

Audience size:

8 people (min) – 20 people (max)

Duration:

3 hours

Overview:

This training explores why some people choose to perpetrate violence on their family. The package will explore theoretical and practical understandings around this while considering WA Health policy and guidelines on family and domestic violence. A section on the CaLD community will also be included which will provide a theoretical underpinning on issues surrounding gender, perception of violence in the CaLD community and ways of engaging with men from the CaLD community

Expected Outcomes:

For participants to:

  • Examine our thoughts, beliefs and perceptions around people who perpetrate violence
  • Gain a holistic understanding of the dominant paradigms around why people/men perpetrate FDV
  • Examine different gender roles
  • Understand how culture impacts on perceptions around gender and patriarchy
  • Learn what we are doing as a community to address perpetrator intervention
  • Gain some tools on ways to respond / support someone who is perpetrating violence
  • Know appropriate FDV referral pathways and various FDV support services

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