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Professional development, training and education

As the lead public health unit responding to adult rape and sexual assault in South Australia, Yarrow Place provides training and education to other agencies and workers delivering services to people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. This includes providing training, information and support to workers in a range of occupations and co-working with other services; facilitating coordination and cooperation in policy, planning and service delivery across government and non-government agencies; and working to prevent rape and sexual assault. Training and Education is offered in the following areas:

  • medical service provision
  • recognising and responding to disclosures of rape and sexual assault
  • counselling
  • raising awareness in regards to Guardianship of young people

We offer a range of training and education options – call the Yarrow Place Training and Community Engagement Program (Ph:(08) 8226 8777) for further details.

Yarrow Place Training Philosophy

Yarrow Place training and education programs aim to provide individuals with the necessary skills, knowledge and attitudes to undertake work in the area of rape and sexual assault. It is expected that appropriately trained workers will contribute to improving access, equity and quality of service provision to victims / survivors, and as a result reduce the negative health impacts of rape and sexual assault.

The programs focus on victim’s rights and are therefore aimed at empowering people who have experienced rape or sexual assault through practices that promote client self-determination.

Yarrow Place acknowledges that in many instances, workers already possess the interpersonal and advocacy skills needed to do this, therefore facilitation is based on applying these skills in a rape and sexual assault context. Participants will be involved in exercises and activities that relate to their own work practices and experiences.

Courses offered:

Medical Care & Forensic Services

Short Course in the Provision of Medical Care and Forensic Services to Adults who have been Raped or Sexually Assaulted

Day 1 provides an understanding of the context of sexual violence and the wide range of medical issues including information on child protection, the impacts of child sexual abuse on adults and domestic violence.

Day 2 is concerned with forensic aspects of sexual assault care, writing medico-legal reports and information on giving evidence in court, and

Day 3 is an expert witness training held in the court, and further forensic training.

Day 1 can be attended as a stand alone course. However, forensic skills learned will be very useful and relevant to other areas of general practice work including medico-legal report writing, assessing injuries and providing evidence in court.

Cost:
Free of charge for doctors working in South Australia. 
$300 for interstate doctors.

For more information, please contact:
Dr Lyndall Young or Training Support Officer on 8226 8777.

40 (Category 1) RACGP points have been allocated for the training.

Violence has a major impact as a health issue. Patients are increasingly likely to talk with doctors about the effects of violence or sexual assault on their lives. Most people who seek medical care following sexual assault will not seek this care at a sexual assault service, but in other areas of medical practice such as general practice.

Yarrow Place has developed training to increase doctors’ knowledge and skills in providing services to people who have been sexually assaulted. The learning objectives are:

  • develop a management plan when responding to a disclosure of sexual assault
  • develop a list of resources and identify referral pathways
  • identify long-term impacts of sexual assault and how they may be managed in general practice
  • analyse an allegation of rape to determine the forensic evidence required and demonstrate packaging of evidence to ensure evidence is admissible in court
  • describe and document injuries and analyse injury causation
  • write an expert witness qualification statement, identify the components of a medico-legal report and observe/participate in expert witness testimony.

Forensic skills learned will be very useful and relevant to other areas of medical practice, such as medico-legal report writing, documenting physical assaults and providing evidence in court.

Recognise & Respond to Disclosures

Recognise and Respond to Disclosures of Rape and Sexual Assault

This course will equip participants with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide appropriate responses to adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted. This involves an understanding of the context in which rape and sexual assault occurs; the ability to assess client needs and match them to services available; and supporting the rights of clients through the implementation of practices which promote client self-determination.

Training and Education Seminars can be provided for organisations on site. Specific courses in Counselling, Trauma Informed Care, and Supporting Aboriginal Families and Communities are also offered on request.

Cost to Participants: $250 per person

For more information, please contact the Yarrow Place Training Support Officer during office hours on (08) 8226 8777.

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