187393 - Family abuse and violence: responding to diversity
Family abuse and violence is a hidden reality for many men, women and children across Australia.
This activity aims to provide GPs with best practice approaches into the identification and management of victims and perpetrators of family violence in diverse contexts:
• Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• People in LGBTIQ relationships
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities
• People in rural and remote areas.
In particular, this activity aims to identify what barriers they face to accessing family violence support services, and identify support services to help individuals in these groups.
It is estimated that that up to five women who have experienced abuse per week attend most full-time GPs and yet they are not typically identified by those GPs.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be hospitalised than non-Indigenous women due to family violence-related assaults.
General practice is a crucial setting for early intervention in family abuse and violence, particularly because GPs are often the only health professionals seeing perpetrators, survivors and children experiencing abuse. This is a sentiment echoed by the Coroners Court who recommend GPs undergo further training in identifying, responding to and following up of persons experiencing abuse and violence.
D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
Effective communication is used in challenging situations
D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context
D3. Population health and the context of general practice
The patterns and prevalence of disease are incorporated into screening and management practices
D4. Professional and ethical role
Critical incidents and potential critical incidents are identified and managed
D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
Medico-legal requirements are integrated into accurate documentation
- Aboriginal and Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander health
- Rural health
- Adult health
- Children and young people health
- Sex, sexuality, gender diversity and health
- Abuse and violence
- Psychological health
Australian Government, Department of Health