General practices in western Victoria invited to participate in family violence readiness program

A limited number of places are available for general practices to participate in Western Victoria Primary Health Network’s (WVPHN) Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program (Family Violence Practice Centred Learning), taking place in May and June 2022.

Estimates demonstrate that each full time general practitioner will see up to five women per week with underlying intimate partner violence, however, may be unaware that violence is occurring within these families. General practitioners therefore play a crucial role in helping women and children on a pathway to safety and good health.

The Pathways to Safety Program provides practice-centred training aimed 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.

Participating practices will receive a $5000 incentive payment and support throughout the program from a local family violence specialist practitioner who will provide intensive “hands on” support to assist practices meet program requirements.

All practices within the WVPHN catchment can register for and participate in Pathways to Safety – The Readiness Program.  Priority access to the program will be provided to practices in the four Local Government Areas of: Central Goldfields Shire, Northern Grampians Shire Council, Horsham Rural City Council and Warrnambool City Council.

Further information

View the Expression of Interest, outlining detailed program information, benefits and requirements.

Please contact Dean Taylor, WVPHN Family and Domestic Violence Project Lead, on PH 0417513654 or if you have any questions or would like to submit an Expression of Interest.

Remaining places in the program will be allocated on a ‘first in first served basis’ to general practices who meet program eligibility requirements.

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