Fam­ily vi­o­lence re­sponse stronger

Myrtleford Times - - News -

ALPINE Health will of­fi­cially launch new fam­ily vi­o­lence screen­ing pro­cesses at Myrtle­ford Hospi­tal this morn­ing.

The Strength­en­ing Hospi­tal Re­sponses to Fam­ily Vi­o­lence (SHRFV) sys­tems changes has been rec­om­mended fol­low­ing Vic­to­ria’s Royal Com­mis­sion into Fam­ily Vi­o­lence.

It is a state-wide ini­tia­tive that re­quires all hos­pi­tals to have screen­ing ser­vices in place by 2020.

As of Novem­ber 1, every­one who ac­cesses a ser­vice through Alpine Health will be screened for fam­ily vi­o­lence.

Alpine Health chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Lyn­don Seys said that fam­ily vi­o­lence across the life span was a com­plex and se­ri­ous com­mu­nity is­sue.

“(It is) most com­monly ex­pe­ri­enced by women and chil­dren and has both im­me­di­ate and long-term im­pacts on the phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and so­cial health and well­be­ing of those af­fected,” he said.

“As a health ser­vice we are in a unique po­si­tion to iden­tify peo­ple at risk, sen­si­tively in­quire and make re­fer­rals to spe­cial­ist fam­ily vi­o­lence ser­vices if re­quired.

“By do­ing so, we will help to re­duce the in­ci­dence of fam­ily vi­o­lence and its im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als, fam­i­lies, the com­mu­nity and the health sys­tem.”

Alpine Health’s re­sponse to fam­ily vi­o­lence is a process that will en­gage all staff and com­mu­nity.

It will be rolled out sys­tem­at­i­cally and in­volve ed­u­ca­tion and changes to cur­rent prac­tices.

“As an or­gan­i­sa­tion who is com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing health out­comes for the res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to the Alpine Shire, we will pro­vide reg­u­lar up­dates about this work,” Mr Seys said.

“At Alpine Health we will des­tig­ma­tise fam­ily vi­o­lence and send a clear mes­sage that vi­o­lence against any per­son is not ac­cept­able and that all peo­ple de­serve to live with re­spect and feel safe.

“As a con­se­quence, rou­tine screen­ing for fam­ily vi­o­lence will be­come com­mon prac­tice.

“This will in­clude clients, pa­tients over 16 and res­i­dents who are ac­cess­ing health ser­vices pro­vided by Alpine Health.”

Mr Seys said Alpine Health’s vi­sion for the fu­ture was a com­mu­nity free from fam­ily vi­o­lence and where healthy, re­spect­ful re­la­tion­ships be­tween women and men were the norm.

“As a health ser­vice we can make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to achiev­ing this vi­sion and con­tribute to chang­ing be­hav­iours and com­mu­nity at­ti­tudes,” he said.

To­day’s launch and morn­ing tea will be held at 10am to 10.30am at Myrtle­ford Hospi­tal.

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