Mental Health Program’s continued work for family violence   

There is a strong link between mental illness and family violence. Coming out of Melbourne’s COVID restrictions, it is particularly important our employees are trained in the signs of family violence and know how to respond.  

Here at Monash Health, we have two family violence clinical leads within the Mental health ProgramSarah Fyson and Aisha Jakszewicz 

In their role, they work closely with the Strengthening Hospitals Response to Family Violence (SHRFV) team, focusing on improving our response to family violence in the Mental Health Program. They do this by providing advice and support through secondary consultationwithin mental healthImportantly they provide access to education and support the training of employees in mental health to be able to identify and respond to patients who may be impacted by family violencewhich can often be extremely complex cases with mental health patients.  

Aisha is a social worker, who has been working in the community sector since 2000. She has worked with a range of client groups including vicitim survivors of violence, people who use violence, bereaved parents and young people, to address issues and needs surrounding family violence, mental health, homelessness, substance issues and social disadvantage/oppression. She has engaged people through group work, community developmentsocial engagement programs, and individual case work. Aisha is passionate about feminist issues, social justice and social change and assisting people recovering from family violence to move from surviving to thriving. She works predominately out of Casey and Dandenong Hospitals 

Sarah has worked in the community service sector since 2007, as a trained social worker and counsellor. Throughout her career she has worked in diverse settings across the lifespan. Sarah has worked in various roles, from being a senior family violence practitioner, to providing therapeutic support in counselling roles, diversional therapy, bereavement, youth programs and early childhood education programs. All roles embarked on, have involved providing differing levels of support for those affected by family violence. Sarah has developed a strong interest in working with Indigenous communities, based on her experience in working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote and regional communities, along with working with India’s tribal (Indigenous) people. Her extensive experience and understanding of complex and sensitive situations make her an asset to Monash Health, where she works predominately out of Monash Medical Centre and services Early In Life Mental Health Services (ELMHS) and wider Monash and Kington areas.  

For further information please visit the resources online to support all employees in identifying and responding to family violence.  

Approved by Katrina Nankervis

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