New guidelines to help GPs care for patients affected by violence and abuse


Date published:

November 30, 2021

Type of support:

Press release


General public

Australian healthcare practitioners will be better able to care for abused and abused patients and their children under the new guidelines released today.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has published the 5th edition of the White Paper, which contains up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines designed to help healthcare practitioners identify and respond in clinical practice to the patients affected by family and domestic violence and abuse.

To ensure continued publication of the White Paper, the Morrison government has invested $ 300,000 over two years as part of the Improving Health System Response to Family and Domestic Violence – National Workforce Training initiative. primary care.

Health and Elderly Care Minister Greg Hunt said the initiative supports the fourth action plan (2019-2022) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Women. children (2021-2022).

“We know that domestic violence and abuse is sadly a part of the lives of many Australians across the country. We also know that victims and survivors often turn to their GP for help, and their GP’s response can make all the difference, ”said Minister Hunt.

“Updating this key resource for general practitioners will ensure that doctors in our country have best practice advice on how to recognize and respond to people who are victims of family and domestic violence. “

Family and Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said the impacts of violence in the community cannot be ignored and often present in a health setting.

“General practitioners are highly respected and trusted members of the community, which means that they are often the first person to whom a victim-survivor will make a disclosure,” said Minister Ruston.

“This is an important update to the White Paper that will provide GPs and other healthcare practitioners with the latest evidence-based knowledge and make a real difference for patients who have made the courageous decision to disclose details of violence, assault or abuse. “

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey 2016, about 1 in 6 women (17%, or 1.6 million) and 1 in 16 men (6.1%, or 0.5 million) have experienced physical violence or sexual in the context of a current or previous act. partner since the age of 15.

The White Paper will be published on the RACGP website.


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