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Expansion of the Recognise, Respond and Refer Pilot and National Training for the Primary Care Workforce

Responsible government

  • Commonwealth

Fourth Action Plan actions

  • Improve support and service system responses
    • 16 Enable workforces to provide trauma-informed support with a focus on safety and recovery to victims and survivors of domestic, family and sexual violence.

What are we doing?

This initiative comprises the following two streams of activity:

The first stream is an expansion of the Recognise, Respond and Refer program. This $7.5 million component comprises:

  • $1.5 million for Brisbane South Primary Health Network (PHN) to expand the family violence training currently provided; and
  • $6 million for additional PHNs to provide comprehensive whole of practice family violence training for general practice staff. The funding will allow PHNs the flexibility to commission family support services that best meet the needs of their region.

The second stream of activity is the National Training for Primary Care Workforce (NTPCW) program to support two components, comprising $2.1 million of funding:

  • The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners will update the training resource titled Abuse and Violence – Working with our patients in general practice (the white book); and
  • Short training courses will be provided to a range of primary care providers across Australia.

The Commonwealth Government will provide a total of $9.6 million between 2019–20 and 2022–23 to fund this initiative.

What have we achieved so far?

The Recognise, Respond and Refer Program was designed by the Brisbane South PHN to assist General Practitioners to sensitively enquire and respond to disclosures of abuse. This initiative will build on the success of the Recognise, Respond and Refer Program, expanding it to four new PHN regions.

What is next?

  • The expansion of the Recognise, Respond and Refer Pilot and National Training for Primary Care Workforce program will commence in the first quarter of 2020.

What difference will we make?

The intended outcome of the initiative is that the primary care sector has an increased capacity and capability to identify and respond to the needs of victims of family violence.

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