National Centre to boost Primary Care knowledge in responding to sexual abuse

CEO Dr Leanne Beagley is pleased to announce the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (the National Centre) is commencing a project to support the primary care workforce to better respond to children and adults who have experienced sexual violence and abuse.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care on this project which will see the National Centre develop nationally consistent sexual violence and abuse resources,” she said.

With $495k committed over a three-year period, the National Centre will work with Primary Health Networks (PHN) and other key stakeholders to map and analyse existing resources, and then develop new resources to assist the primary care workforce in how they support victims and survivors of sexual violence and abuse. By the end of the project, the National Centre aims to provide a consistent set of resources that will make it easier for primary care providers to support those that have experienced sexual trauma, comprehensively informed by those who have lived and living experience of such trauma.

“This project is a crucial step in helping primary care providers, to provide the needed support to people who have experienced sexual violence and child sexual abuse,” said Alisa Hall, Director of Practice and Engagement at the National Centre.

“This funding gives us the opportunity to develop much needed resources that are consistent, easy-to-use and effective in supporting the Primary Care workforce.”

The National Centre is proud to be leading the way in building workforce capability and making a real difference in the lives of those affected by sexual violence.


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