106432 - Working effectively with people affected by forced adoption - for GPs
- : Online
This free 2-hour course provides a brief overview of the past forced adoption policies and practices in Australia, and guidance on delivering effective care for people with forced adoption experiences.
This course is designed to support GP's who are currently working, or who plan to work, with people affected by past forced adoption policies and practices.
General Practitioners are able to claim Continued Professional Development (CPD) points by completing this course.
Forced adoption has affected an estimated 250,000 Australians, with far reaching impacts including grief, trauma, anxiety, depression, problems with self-identity and relationships (Kenny et al., 2012, Higgins, 2010). Past forced adoption policies and practices is particularly relevant to the profession of general practice. General Practitioners and other medical practitioners of the 1940s to 1980s were often complicit in the forced adoption practices that are now considered unlawful and unethical (Senate Community Affairs References Committee, 2012), and would benefit from a greater understanding of what practices occurred and why. GP's are often the first point of contact for individuals seeking mental health assistance and therefore may be more likely to encounter people with a forced adoption history. It will be important for GP's to be able to better identify those who have been affected by past forced adoption practices, and know how to respond sensitively and with care.Learning outcomes