Medical Management of Interpersonal Violence (SEXH5409)


This course has been designed particularly to meet the needs of doctors and nurses working in sexual assault forensic medicine but may be applicable for other health professionals with an interest in this area. Basic clinical background information such as simple anatomy would be an advantage.
Adult sexual assault is not uncommon and requires a holistic medical and forensic response, including skilled forensic examination. This course will concentrate on the physical aspects of sexual assault and its sequelae within the context of acute trauma. It will provide the student with the background to performing a forensic medical examination, collection of specimens and reporting requirements required by investigating authorities and the Courts. On completion of this unit, the student will be able to describe the basic anatomy of the anogenital region of females and males; the range of genital and bodily injuries; and written, graphic and photographic documentation required. The student will be prepared for the process of specimen collection, maintaining the chain of evidence and issues related to obtaining valid consent. The processes used in the analysis of forensic evidence, including DNA and drug testing will be described, together with the use of prophylaxis, counselling and follow up testing for sexually transmissible infections and pregnancy. Development of court reports will be discussed. The psychosocial aspects of acute trauma and their role in management will also be described. The assessment tasks will enable students to embed their knowledge in the legal and cultural context of their own workplace.

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Online plus block/intensive mode: 2 days, (9am-5pm) at Camperdown/Darlington campus.


workbook (50%); participation on campus (10%); case study (20%); completion of 1 expert certificate (20%)

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