04 Jul 2022


All Day

Sexual Violence in Adults for Nurses (3 units – multiple intakes for each)

Information Link:

Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence in Adults – Public Health and Preventive Medicine (

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Who should attend?

Each Unit is designed for medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, and other health professionals who care for patients who may have experienced sexual violence.

Unit 1 – Sexual Violence: Drivers and Impacts

Unit 1 will provide an evidence-based overview of sexual violence prevalence, drivers, short- and long-term impacts on individuals and the community and an overview of justice responses.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Determine indicators of sexual violence and assess patient risk.
  • Determine short and long-term health impacts of sexual violence and incorporate into patient management
  • Integrate impacts of vicarious trauma and unconscious bias into self-care and patient care management.
  • Integrate discussion on the role of police, the justice system and confidentiality into patient reporting options.

Nurse Intakes commencing:  15 March / 09 May / 04 July

Unit 2 – Responding to Sexual Violence in Adults

Unit 2 focuses on the patient consultation, medical care and documentation and referrals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Prioritise and integrate the complex elements of sexual violence disclosures into patient care
  • Construct a trauma-informed patient management plan for patients who disclose sexual violence
  • Identify the key ethical, medical, and forensic issues that need to be addressed in patients disclosing sexual violence

Nurse Intakes commencing:  16 May / 11 July / 29 August

Unit 3 – Responding to Sexual Violence in At-Risk Patients

Unit 3 covers immediate and long-term care for individuals who are known to be at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify forms of sexual violence experienced by at-risk patients and address barriers to disclosure.
  • Apply and integrate understanding of intersectionality and response frameworks into healthcare for patients from at-risk cohorts who disclose sexual violence.
  • Formulate patient-focused healthcare for at-risk patients who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Evaluate patient needs and apply understanding of psycho-social support services to provide referrals that address a patient’s complex and diverse needs and pathway for recovery.

Nurse Intakes commencing:  18 July / 5 September / 17 October

The curriculum is patient-centred and recognises and addresses the risk of vicarious trauma for health practitioners in caring for victim/survivors of sexual violence.

The program is designed to be practical and the practice-focused units will include a Sexual Assault Response Resource developed by specialist forensic medical practitioners. This guideline will support workplace operationalisation of course learning.

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