Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence in Adults

Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence
in Adults

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Late 2021 – Early 2022


6 hours:

  • 1 hour Zoom introduction
  • 4 x 1 hour self-directed learning modules (Moodle)
  • 1 hour Zoom closer


Blended learning – Zoom and self-directed



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Are you a healthcare worker working in Australia who cares for victims of sexual violence? If so, this course is for you.

Monash University’s Department of Forensic Medicine and consortia partner, the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine (VIFM) are developing a three-unit Course for health practitioners in Recognising and Responding to Sexual Violence which will be delivered from the second half of 2021.

This training program is funded by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services (DSS) as an initiative under the Fourth Action Plan of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022. The training will help healthcare workers to recognise and respond appropriately to adult disclosures of sexual violence.

Monash University is seeking expressions of interest from registered and practicing health practitioners providing primary health care services to undertake the RACGP CPD-accredited training pilot at no cost. You can enrol in single or multiple units.

Consideration will be given to rural and remote practitioners and those whose practice catchment includes patients at higher risk of experiencing sexual violence. This may include:

  • patients with intellectual disabilities
  • patients from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • patients who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • older adults
  • adolescents
  • sex worker patients.

Each unit will be delivered online over a six-week period and will include live sessions with clinicians with expertise in responding to sexual violence. The course has been designed to be interactive.

Unit 1 – Sexual Violence: Drivers and Impacts 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. This Unit will launch in the second half of 2021.

This will be followed by Unit 2 – Responding to Sexual Violence which will focus on the patient consultation and care. Unit 3 –Responding to sexual violence in at-risk cohorts will cover care for individuals who are known to be at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence.

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.

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.


This Unit is endorsed by the RACGP as a CPD Accredited Activity worth 40 CPD points.

This Unit has been approved by the ACRRM.

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While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash University reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.