BRHS Trainings to Equip Staff to Respond to Family Violence

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In Australia and around the world, women and children continue to suffer abuse from male family members and partners.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimates that 1 in 6 Australian women have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by their partner.

In this community, the local rate of family violence is 50 percent higher than the Victorian average.

Hospitals and public health services are seen as a key if we are to create an integrated community response to family violence.

The Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recommended a ‘whole-of-hospital service model’ for responding to family violence in public hospitals within three to five years.

Here at BRHS, our Strengthen Hospital Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) project is making that happen by providing best practice guideline education sessions.

“Victims of family violence are mostly women and children, and they are our patients and colleagues,” says SHRFV Project Manager, Paula Webb. “As hospital staff we are in a unique position to be able to provide a first line response and early intervention prior to reaching a crisis stage.”

“Our aim is to not make staff family violence experts but to be prepared and confident to have these conversations with patients and the knowledge to be able to effectively provide a gateway to specialist support services.”


SHRFV Module 1 is to be completed on ReHSen, and BRHS is required to have 100% compliance across the organisation.

SHRFV Module 2 is an interactive face-to-face session and is required to have 100% compliance from Nursing, Midwifery, BRHS Medical Staff, Front Line Administration, Managers, Allied Health (including AHA’s), Environmental Services, Pharmacy, Dental, Medical Imaging, Community Health.

The SHRFV Module 2 training educates staff to become more aware of the signs of family violence, and to have the confidence to sensitively inquire, offer support, and refer.

Module 1 (ReHSeN) has to be completed prior to Module 2 (face-to-face).


  • 14.01 – (Tuesday) Monash Room 2 @ 2 p.m.
  • 16.01 – (Thursday) Maddocks Gardens (Gallery Room) @ 1.30 p.m.
  • 17.01 – (Friday) Monash Room 2 @ 10 a.m.
  • 20.01 – (Monday) Maddocks Gardens (Gallery Room) @ 1.30 p.m.
  • 23.01 – (Thursday) Monash Room 2 @ 2 p.m.

These mandatory training sessions will be continuing till the end of March 2020.

Please book your session via the education calendar for the scheduled sessions, or call Adam Dungey, SHRFV Admin Assistant on Ext 66686 or Paula Webb, SHRFV Project Manager on Ext 66680.