EOI Opportunity: Improve How Your Practice Recognises and Responds to Family Violence

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) now invites general practices from across all western Victoria to express their interest in participating in the ‘Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program’ to help improve the response to family and domestic violence.

Up to 25 practices successful practices will be accepted into the program and this will be staggered at quarterly intervals over the financial year 2021/22. Priority access to the program will be provided to practices in the four Local Government Areas of: Central Goldfields Shire, Northern Grampians Shire, Horsham Rural City Council and Warrnambool City Council. These LGAs have the highest incidences of family violence as reported in various data sets, including family violence police reports.

What is ‘Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program’?

A practice-centred training program, Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program aims at building the capacity of general practice to more confidently and effectively, recognise, respond, refer and record disclosures of family violence, using a trauma and violence informed approach.

With up to $5,000 available for participating practices, this program also aims to: 

  • build skills and expertise of the general practice workforce to effectively identify and support clients who are at risk of or are experiencing family violence; and 
  • build the awareness of the general practice workforce regarding services and resources available for supporting clients who are at risk of or are experiencing family violence and linking clients with this support. 

A dedicated ‘Family Violence Connector’ role will be allocated to each practice throughout the program.  The Family Violence Connector role will provide intensive ‘hands-on’ support to assist each practice in meeting program requirements (see below).

This program was developed and tailored for general practice by Professor Kelsey Hegarty’s team at Safer Families Centre for Research Excellence (affiliated with University of Melbourne) and the delivery of the program is by local General Practitioners and family violence connector roles.

Why participate in Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program?

  • Incentive payments available of up to $5,000 for each practice ($3,000 sign on and $2,000 on completion of program)
  • The program meets Practice Incentive Program Quality Improvement (PIPQI) requirements
  • The program can be delivered out of hours at a time that suits the practice
  • Completion of the training provides GPs with 40 CPD Accredited Activity Points
  • The program provides general practice with the tools, skills and resources to effectively support those at risk of or who are experiencing family violence
  • The program has an ‘all of practice’ focus which is best practice for implementing long-term sustainable and effective support to victim survivors of family violence in General Practice

Program requirements

As part of the program, participating practices will be required to:

  • be located within the WVPHN catchment area
  • nominate a clinical or non-clinical role practice staff member to be the central point of contact for the practice, to assist in the planning and implementation of Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program
  • complete two family violence quality improvement activities
  • have the capacity to undertake whole of practice activities that support improvement to family violence identification and support.
  • agree to allocate protected time for your team to attend CPD workshops, complete quality improvement activities and to participate in monthly visits by the project lead and/or the family violence connector role.
  • agree to complete pre- and post-program surveys and provide other relevant information for project evaluation.

How to apply

Applications will be accepted via TenderLink until 5pm Friday, 17 July 2021.

For further information, please contact Dean Taylor on dean.taylor@westvicphn.com.au or 0417 513 654.