Project ECHO – Domestic and Family Violence Network

Western Victoria PHN (WVPHN) has set up the Project ECHO Domestic and Family Violence Network as part of the Commonwealth Government’s initiative for Improving Health System Responses to Domestic and Family Violence.  The ECHO sessions aim to build specialist knowledge and support early identification and intervention to clients at risk or who are experiencing family and/or domestic violence The Network is part of a series of Project ECHO programs delivered by WVPHN. Project ECHO - Persistent Pain logo

About the Network

The Domestic and Family Violence Network is an opportunity for primary care providers across disciplines to come together to strengthen their knowledge, skills and confidence in supporting clients impacted by family and domestic violence. It is open to GPs, GP registrars and medical students, Practice Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Aboriginal Health Workers and Practitioners, and Allied Health professionals including psychologists, social workers, mental health, AOD and domestic violence workers.

The weekly sessions are run in collaboration with the Safer Families Centre consortium and aligns with the Safer Families Readiness Program. Each session is aligned with the centre’s family violence e-learning modules:

  1. Identifying and Responding to family violence
  2. Working with people who have used domestic and family violence
  3. Providing trauma and violence informed care in a health setting
  4. Identifying and responding to child abuse and neglect

Family and Domestic Violence ECHO Network Curriculum (PDF 219KB)

As part of the ECHO network, participants will:

  • Develop an integrated approach across primary care, community services and specialist family violence services to support early intervention for clients requiring support
  • Build skills and expertise of the primary care workforce to appropriately and effectively identify, monitor and provide support to clients who are at risk of or experiencing family violence
  • Build awareness of primary care workforce regarding services and resources available for supporting clients at risk of or who are experiencing family violence and linking clients with this support

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About ECHO sessions

Online ECHO sessions offer a blend of didactic and case-based learning. All sessions are free and delivered via Zoom.

Case-based discussions are vital to the ECHO principle of ‘all teach all learn’. During each session, a primary care participant presents a ‘real world de-identified case’ for discussion. Highly rated by previous ECHO members, this element of the session provides participants with opportunity to consider treatment and management options relevant to rural and regional settings.

Participants are encouraged to submit a case for discussion, however, not all participants will be required to present at a session.

More information

Contact our Project ECHO team

Last modified: 29 April, 2022