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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.


Reference materials for nurses who have completed the three day forensic nurse training

  1. SARC Medical and Forensic Manual
  2. Forensic examination female record
  3. Forensic examination male record
  4. Medical examination record

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