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187393 - Family abuse and violence: responding to diversity

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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.

Relevance to General Practice

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.

Learning outcomes
  • Outline reasons why Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, LGBTIQ people, CALD people or those living in rural and remote areas are at increased risk of family violence.
  • Discuss the barriers to family violence support services faced by individuals in these groups.
  • Identify specific services that can help individuals in these groups.
  • Domains of General Practice

    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

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • 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
    Activity sponsor

    Australian Government, Department of Health

    187393 - Family abuse and violence: responding to diversity
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    1 HOUR
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    CPD Points
    2 CPD
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