Employees across Monash Health will now have access to the latest thinking on family violence referral and response, with the approval of a new family violence clinical guideline, live on Prompt.
A huge collaborative effort across the organisation has led to a comprehensive guideline which walks employees through the ideal ways to respond.
One of the key elements is the Family Violence Identification and Response pathway – known as the Family Violence Flowchart – which provides a one-page, straightforward, step-by-step approach if you see signs of family violence or have a patient disclose family violence. Download the flowchart here.
The complete clinical guideline includes information on:
- Roles and responsibilities across the health service
- Safety planning
- how to report to police and the relationship with child protection
- the information sharing schemes
- additional advice on priority populations – those who are at greater risk of family violence, and
- the background drivers of family violence
- reference to further source material, legislation, research etc.
Family Violence Project Officer, Jessica Bermudez, who coordinated development of the guideline, thanked the clinical guideline working group, who spent considerable time working through the document and refining it to ensure it is fit for purpose across nursing, midwifery, medicine and allied health and all areas of the organisation providing support to those experiencing family violence.
Such is the quality of the work that health organisations around Australia are asking to take a leaf out of our book, with requests for copies coming from as far afield as the Royal Children’s, Westmead Hospital and the Northern Territory.
“This is a major step forward for our large, diverse organisation to have one core document which helps guide our approach to those experiencing family violence,” Jess said.
Training to expand on your knowledge and practice
Whilst the aim of the clinical guideline is to make the response to family violence as clear as possible, this is a challenging and complex topic. All Monash Health employees – particularly those in patient-facing roles – and managers should be considering when to book in for more complete family violence training to increase their understanding of the drivers, risks and signs of family violence and their confidence in responding and referring.
Pictured: Members of the Family Violence Clinical Guideline Working Group at Dandenong Hospital late last year.