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Medical Management of Interpersonal Violence - SEXH5409

Year - 2019

Interpersonal violence has been recognised as a significant problem in Australia. This includes family violence, sexual assault and physical assault. Whilst health professionals are aware of the issue they often lack the requisite skills to examine patients with a view to documenting injury and preparing court reports and expert certificates in relation to the interpretation of injury. General practice and emergency departments are two common locations for the victims of interpersonal violence to present with injury. This unit of study is designed to equip the learner with the knowledge and skills required to respond to the clinical needs of a person who has experienced interpersonal violence and to document the findings in a manner that would be useful for medico-legal reports. The learning process will include readings and self-directed learning activities relevant to the learner's working environment and geographical location. The course will deal primarily with the physical effects of violence with limited emphasis on the management of psychological trauma. The course includes epidemiology, interpretation of injury, basic forensic science and toxicology, legal issues such as consent and the presentation of an expert certificate for the court.

Online plus block/intensive mode, 2 days (9am-5pm)

Workbooks (60%); Workshop presentation (10%); Case study (15%); Expert certificate (15%)

Recommended: Stark M. M. (2011). Clinical Forensic Medicine: A Physician's Guide. 3rd Edition. Totowa NJ: Humana Press. ISBN 9781617792588.


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Sexual Health
Study Mode: Block mode
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Postgraduate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
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Unit of Study coordinator: Associate Professor Katherine Brown, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar
HECS Band: 3
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