For Professionals

Education and Training


SARC Education and Training was established in 2004 in response to the Gordon enquiry.

The aims of SARC Education and Training are as follows.

  • Provide quality, evidence based education and training opportunities on issues related to sexual assault and sexual abuse to professional workers, students and volunteers
  • Build the capacity of the workforce to effectively respond to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of workers in WA, about sexual assault, sexual abuse and the impact of trauma
  • Develop culturally appropriate resources to support people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse and workers who work with survivors
  • Support the Sexual Assault Resource Centre to provide best practice services to clients who have experienced sexual assault and/or childhood sexual abuse


SARC Education and Training offers a range of professional development opportunities to students and professionals working or volunteering in government, non-government and private organisations.

Presentations are delivered at your workplace by an experienced SARC trainer. Presentations can run consecutively to enable half day and full day training sessions.

For an overview of all general training opportunities available in 2018, please see our flyer SARC Presentations 2018.

General Presentations

Workshops hosted by SARC

Presentations for students

This workshop is designed for young people (13-25) and covers key concepts about sexual consent and the relationship aspects of sex. Suitable for secondary school, TAFE and University students and all post school aged youth. 

Max of 35 participants.

Presentations for university students

 Metro Presentation Costs (All costs inclusive of GST)
   Within WA Dept. of Health  External to WA Dept. of Health
 1 hour  $250 $260 
 1.5 hours  $325 $340
 2 hours  $400 $420
 Half day combination  $550 $580 
 Full day combination  $1100 $1160 


Training enquiries can be directed to

Video Conferences for Regional Workers

COMING IN 2018. The following presentations have been recorded and will be made available to regional workers on Moodle. The presentations can be viewed individually or as a team and allow workers to access them at their convenience. When viewing is completed, we ask workers to complete the short survey at the end of the presentation to enable SARC to gather feedback and statistics.

Please contact to obtain a password to view the presentations.

  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault (general)
  • Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Abuse – for health appointments involving physical contact (for nurses, doctors, physios, etc.)
  • The Impact of Trauma
  • Stabilising a Trauma Client
  • Vicarious Trauma and Self Care for Workers (personal)

e-learning package

A free e-learning package on Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault is available for completion at the link below. The package takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and includes interactive questions and 2 challenging quizzes. A certificate is available upon completion.

Services can use the e-learning package in a number of ways including: professional development of workers, part of a compulsory induction for new workers and an annual refresher for workers.

View the Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Assault e-learning package.

Contact us

To find out more information please contact the Education and Training Team at SARC on (08) 6458 1820 or email us on

Medical and Forensic Training

SARC doctors offer a variety of training regarding the medical and forensic aspects of responding to a recent adolescent or adult sexual assault. The medical team provide face-to-face training at metropolitan emergency departments, recognised GP events, universities and various forums. Training is also offered via video conferencing to doctors and nurses in regional and remote areas of WA.

An overview of regular training events is outlined below. 

Specific requests for training of students or work teams, or speaking engagements can be directed to

Emergency Management of adult Sexual Assault - for metro ED workers  

Contact the education and training team with any requests for training

Regional and Remote WACHS Workers - Responding to a Sexual Assault in ED

A series of 1 hour presentations are offered to regional nurses and doctors on the effective management of adolescent and adult patients presenting to an ED following a sexual assault (see attachments below).

Applications are submitted online via the Emergency Telehealth web page.

Forensic 3 day Clinical Training

This assessed, 3 day WA Health training programme will address the many issues involved in responding to recent adolescent and adult sexual assault. It will provide the skills and knowledge required for nurses, midwives and doctors to deliver medical care and perform a forensic examination with the collection of forensic specimens.

Following completion of the course, and passing a written assessment, participants will be qualified to collect forensic specimens following sexual assault as approved by WA legislation, Criminal Investigation Act Amendment 2011.

Enquiries regarding the facilitation of the 3 day program in a regional area can be directed to

The WACHS location will be required to cover all costs involved in training delivery.


SARC’s Research Committee coordinates all research projects from internal and external researchers. Ethics approval from King Edward Memorial Hospital Ethics Committee needs to be granted for all research prior to commencing a project.

Prospective researchers can contact the Chair of the Research Committee to request permission to undertake research through SARC.

SARC clients can also volunteer to participate in various research projects.

To propose a research project or volunteer to participate in a research project, please call SARC on (08) 6458 1820.


The SARC team includes people from a range of professional backgrounds:

  • Administration
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Doctors, including consultants from a number of specialties
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers

Our team is dedicated to providing the highest quality service possible to meet the needs of our clients.

Our core values are:

  • Honesty
  • Respect
  • Teamwork
  • Caring
  • Clinical Excellence

SARC is an equal opportunity employer and our team is committed to having a harassment and discrimination free workplace.

If you are interested in becoming part of our dynamic team, contact SARC on (08) 6458 1820.


SARC has a range of resources available. Most of the materials below can be downloaded and printed (except DVDs and video clips).

Client Information Handouts


Posters for Schools

General printed resources

General Youth Resources

Aboriginal Resources

Aboriginal Youth Resources

More youth information is available at For Young People webpage.

Links and Services


Please contact a hospital if you need testing and/or treatment for sexually transmitted infection, or for any other health issue.

Perth Metropolitan

Sexual and Reproductive Health WA (08) 9227 6177
Fremantle Hospital Sexual Health Clinic (08) 9431 2149
Royal Perth Hospital Sexual Health Clinic (08) 9224 2178
Quarry Health Centre for Under 25s (08) 9430 4544
Sexual Health Helpline (08) 9227 6178 or 1800 198 205 (Country Callers)


Albany Regional Hospital (08) 9892 2222
Gascoyne Public Health Unit (08) 9941 0560
Geraldton Population Health Unit (08) 9956 1985
Kalgoorlie-Bolder Population Health Unit (08) 9080 8200
South Hedland Community Health Service (08) 9158 9222
West Pilbara Community Health Service (Karratha) (08) 9143 2221

Counselling and support services

The following organisations offer counselling and/or support services to people who have experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse.

Anglicare (08) 9325 7033
Centrecare (08) 9325 6644
Child Witness Service (08) 9425 2850 or 1800 818 988
Department for Child Protection (Crisis Care) (08) 9223 1111 (24 hrs) or 1800 199 008 (Country Callers)
Sexual and Reproductive Health WA (08) 9227 6177
Incest Survivors' Association (Inc) (08) 9227 8745
Kinway 1800 812 511
Lifeline 13 1114 (24 hrs)
Mental Health Emergency Response Line 1300 555 788 (24 hrs) or 1800 676 822 (Country callers)
Relationships Australia 1300 364 277
Victim Support Services (08) 9425 2850 or 1800 818 988


Acacia Support Centre (South Hedland) 0455 831 898 or (08) 9160 2900
Albany Regional Hospital (08) 9892 2265
Allambee Counselling Service (Mandurah) (08) 9535 8263
SARC Goldfields (08) 9091 1922 or Freecall 1800 688 922
Chrysalis Support Services (Geraldton) Crisis Line 1800 016 789 or call the office on (08) 9938 0750
Anglicare, Kununurra, Broome (08) 9166 5000 or (08) 9194 2400
Waratah Women’s Support Centre (Bunbury) Office (08) 9791 2884 or Freecall 1800 017 303
Karratha Population Health (08) 9143 2221

Health issues

The following organisations are able to provide information and advice on various health issues.

AIDS Line (08) 9482 0000
Adult Mental Health 
Alcohol and Drug Information Service (ADIS) (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 (Country Callers)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service
Health Direct 1800 022 222 (24 hrs)
Hepatitis C Council (08) 9328 8538
1800 800 070
Office of Mental Health
WA AIDS Council (WAAC) (08) 9482 0000

Aboriginal services

These health services are run for Aboriginal people by Aboriginal people.

Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service (08) 9421 3888
Yorgum Aboriginal Corporation (08) 9218 9477

Consumer advocacy

Reclaiming Voices (08) 9227 8122 or 1800 998 399 (Country Callers)

Additional information

Australia Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA). Resources relating to sexual assault and sexual abuse.


Australian statistics


Sexual assault and sexual abuse are the most under reported criminal offences and therefore the most difficult to accurately analyse. However, the vast majority of available statistics show that women report incidents of sexual assault more than men, regardless of age. The Personal Safety Survey (2005a) undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that in the 12 months prior to the survey, 1.3% (101,600) of Australian women were sexually assaulted, while 0.6% (42,300) of Australian men were sexually assaulted. Furthermore, 17.0% (362,400) of men had been sexually assaulted at least once since they were 15, while 16.8% (1,293,100) of women had at least one experience. Overall, 84% of all sexual assault victims were female, with the highest rate occurring in girls aged between 10 and 14 years, 516 per 100,000 females. Similarly, the highest rate for males was also between the ages of 10 and 14 years (88 per 100,000 relevant persons), followed by boys under 10 years old (70 per 100,000 relevant persons). Sexual assault victims younger than 10 years old consisted of 30% males and in older age groups males made up 15% or less of the population.


It is difficult to estimate the number of Aboriginal people who are sexually assaulted due to unreliable recording. However, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006) found that approximately 5.6% of sexual assault victims in New South Wales were Aboriginal, while 12.6% of sexual assault victims in Queensland were Aboriginal.


A report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2006) found that 65% of reported sexual assaults in 2005 occurred in private dwellings, followed by in the street/footpath (7%).

Characteristics of perpetrator

The Personal Safety Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005a) found that the perpetrator in 75% of sexual assaults was known to the victim. Of these, two in five perpetrators (40.4%) were family members or friends. For male victims this figure increased to 43.7% compared to 39.0% for women. Women experienced sexual assault by another known person in 32.0% of cases and in 35.1% for men. A greater proportion of men (32.9%) experienced sexual assault by a stranger compared to women (21.8%).

Childhood abuse

More than a third (35.6%) of women who experienced sexual violence by a partner in 2005 were also sexually abused as a child (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005a). While almost three out ten men and women who were victims of sexual violence also experienced physical abuse as a child (26.7% and 27.7% respectively).


The Personal Safety Survey reports that in the 12 months prior to the survey, 19.0% (1,459,500) of women experienced harassment while 11.6% (864,300) of men were harassed. It was found that 7.9% (606,500) of women and 3.9% (291,100) of men had experienced indecent exposure. Another 9.6% (736,200) of women and 3.6% (267 600) of men had been touched sexually without consent.


Between 2004 and 2005, approximately 45% of sexual assault defendants found guilty in magistrates court received a custodial order, while 22% received a non-custodial monetary order (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005a). However, during the same period 74% of sexual assault defendants found guilty in higher courts received a custodial sentence.


Since 1995 the number of sexual assaults reported has been steadily increasing each year on average by 4% (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2006a). Sexual assaults appear to be reported most frequently between January to March and September to November, while April through to July show the least number of reported cases.

Sexual Abuse

The Personal Safety Survey (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005a) found that the majority (32.4%) of children under 15 years who have experienced sexual abuse are aged between 11 and 14 years. There does not appear to be a differentiation in gender (males 32.8% and females 32.3%). Furthermore, the perpetrator is usually a male relative other than the father (30.2%). When comparing male and female victims the perpetrator is usually a male relative other than the father for female victims (35.1%), but another known person (27.3%) for male victims.

Western Australian statistics

‘Turning the Corner 2007: Recent Crime Trends in Western Australia’ (Office of Crime Prevention, 2007) states that the rate of sexual assault in Western Australia has increased, and has been steadily increasing since 2004. There were 1,385 reported cases of sexual assault during 2003 and by the end of 2006 the number of reported cases increased to 1,786 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2006). However, between 1999 and 2003 the rate of reported sexual assaults was on a downward trend, with a decrease of 24% by the end of the period (Office of Crime Prevention, 2007). It has been suggested that the increase may not necessarily indicate that the number of sexual assaults committed has increased, but is due to the number of sexual assaults reported to the police. Furthermore, in 2004 the recording system used by police improved, allowing for more accurate recording of offence categories.

The average number of sexual assaults reported to police in the first six months of 2007 was higher than the number recorded the previous year (Office of Crime Prevention, 2007). Unlike the statistics that have been shown for the nation, there is little difference between genders. 1.7% of Western Australian females experienced sexual violence (includes sexual assault and sexual threats) in 2005, compared to 1.6% of males (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2005a).