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Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence - Stage One Evaluation Report

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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Over the past 18 months, Bendigo Health has participated with The Women’s Hospital in a pilot project sponsored by the Victorian Government through the family violence prevention organisation Our Watch. The project designed to improve hospital responses to family violence, was formally evaluated and the Evaluation Report was officially launched in Melbourne on Monday 30 November. 

Bendigo Health was represented by Peter Faulkner Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and David Rosaia DON Surgical Division, with Peter one of the speakers, along with the Minister for Health, the Minister for Women representatives from Our Watch and Sue Mathews CEO of The Women’s Hospital.

In presenting on behalf of Bendigo Health, Peter overviewed our achievements through this project and acknowledged the efforts of our Steering Committee and the efforts of Ange Crombie, Sharan Ermel and our clinical leads and clinicians at the front line who are making a difference within our community.  

Peter emphasised the fit of this activity with our Healthy Communities vision and outlined that the next steps for Bendigo Health are to consolidate and extend on our own improvements, to work with our partner hospitals in the Loddon Mallee region in transferring our learnings and improvements to the broader hospital sector. He also emphasised that there remains much work to do in strengthening response and support to victims of family violence. Equally there is need to increase activity in primary prevention to address the prevalence of this shameful scourge of men’s violence toward women and that the recent loss of his niece in a domestic murder suicide in the USA has personalised this need for preventative action to change men’s attitudes and behaviours and to address gender inequality within our society.

Anyone with family violence related concerns should contact 1800RESPECT for advice and support. 

Evaluation Report 

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