WVPHN expands existing Family Violence Pilot to include Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse

Western Victoria Primary Health Network (WVPHN) is one of 11 Primary Health Networks funded by the Department of Health and Aged Care to expand the existing Supporting Primary Care’s Response to Family Domestic Violence pilot to include a response to Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse.

The Family Domestic and Sexual Violence (FDSV) 2023-2026 pilot’s objective is to ensure people at risk of or experiencing family, domestic and sexual violence (including child sexual abuse), are recognised, well supported, and referred to the appropriate specialised services by primary care professionals, with an emphasis on being trauma-informed, culturally safe, and evidence-based in practice.

The project will strive to support the primary care workforce, with an initial focus on general practices, through the delivery of training, and whole of practice quality improvement activities, as well as integration with specialised family, domestic and sexual violence services.

Opportunities for your involvement

Information and Discussion Sessions

The FDSV Project Team will be engaging a diverse range of professionals and community members in the coming weeks through a series of information and discussion sessions.  These sessions will aim to introduce the pilot, identify the scope of the role of primary care in improving health outcomes for victim-survivors, explore the journey of victim-survivors in western Victoria, and explore the opportunities and challenges surrounding an integrated system response.

Opportunities to participate in these sessions will be released in the coming weeks.

General practices – A-LIVES training package

WVPHN will continue to deliver our highly regarded, innovative A-LIVES (Ask, Listen, Inquire, Validate, Enhance Safety, Support) family violence training package to general practices that has applied, and met the criteria for this program.

Opportunities for new general practices to apply for the A-LIVES training program will be released soon, with a link to an application form – financial incentives available for participating practices.

Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence Advisory Groups

Our project team will be establishing two new advisory groups to support the FDSV project – a Family Violence Advisory Group and a Sexual Violence Advisory Group.  These advisory groups will provide a unique opportunity for passionate primary care and FDSV sector professionals to provide consultation against initiatives being planned and undertaken.

For more information on the FDSV project, and/or to reach out the project team on how to get involved, please email fdsvproject@westvicphn.com.au

For more information on this Australian Government pilot project see “Supporting the primary care response to family, domestic and sexual violence.”

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