Creating a Resilient Health Workforce : Developing a DFV framework for Healthcare Services

September 27, 2017

Dr Kathleen Baird, Director of Midwifery and Nursing Education at Gold Coast University Hospital will be attending this year’s STOP Domestic Violence Conference, discussing “Creating a resilient health workforce : developing a DFV framework for healthcare services”.

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This presentation provides an overview of the innovative developments at Gold Coast Health, who are currently undertaking ongoing work to develop an integrated Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Health Services framework.

A DFV Framework for Healthcare Services | STOP Domestic Violence
Dr Kathleen Baird

In the past two years Gold Coast Health has recorded approximately a 45% increase in the number of patients identified as victims of domestic and family violence (DFV) after presenting to Emergency Departments at Gold Coast University and Robina hospitals. DFV impacts directly on health services, resulting in many adverse health outcomes such as: fatality; injury; homelessness; chronic pain; depression; anxiety; substance abuse; and many more.

Those experiencing DFV are much more likely to utilise Health Care. Despite this evidence, responses from clinicians to DFV are often inadequate.


Gold Coast Health have undertaken a specific project to identify service gaps and challenges that clinicians and health services experience in delivering safe and effective responses to people living with Domestic and Family violence. The DFV Project undertook an exploratory, qualitative study as part of this project.

The study used a grounded theory approach. Participants were clinicians working in Emergency, Maternity, Sexual Health, and Mental Health services. An initial ‘gap analysis’ was conducted to examine the perceived barriers and enablers to the provision of care to patients experiencing DFV.

In-depth interviews were then conducted to examine the current service provision provided by clinical health practitioners focusing on the use of policies and guidelines for identification and response; fidelity to guidelines; pathways of referral; and potential strategies to improve responses.

This presentation provides an overview of the project, the study, results and strategies to address gaps and challenges for healthcare services and clinicians.

The 3rd STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December, followed by half day workshops on Wednesday 6 December 2017.

This year the conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  The conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.

Find out more here.

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