Working in and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

October 7, 2016

Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh, General Practitioner, Royal Australian College of General Practice, NSW, Australia

Ms Summer Finlay, Aboriginal Project Officer, PhD student

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will be held over 5-7 December at Mercure Brisbane, QLD.  Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh and Ms Summer Finlay will present at the conference on ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workers, communities and GP’s working together around family violence’.

According to the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are 34 times more likely to be a hospitalised due to family violence. Family violence is also the largest driver of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out of home care. There are many drivers for family violence and many reasons Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families are in this situation. Both presenters have experience in the family violence space.  Through these experiences they have developed an understanding family violence which is important to reducing incidence. We acknowledge that more needs to keep women and children safe but we also the need work with perpetrators to prevent family violence.

This presentation will outline a number of ways of working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in family violence situations.  This will include examples of teaching GP’s in workshops on family violence, producing role plays for online education, chapters on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Violence and perpetrators in the Royal Australian College of General Practice (RACGP) manual.It will also include a short outline of ‘Keeping Families Safe’ a project done by the RACGP and Marumali (Gandangara LALC). The presentation will also include ways of how to move forward with this work. We hope to share our experiences to assist other people to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people experiencing family violence.

Elizabeth Hindmarsh is a general practitioner who has been in general practice for over 30 years.She has been working with the Royal Australian College of General Practice(RACGP) for many years in the area of family violence. She is a co-editor of the RACGP manual ‘Abuse and Violence: working with our patients in general practice’. She has been an educator in this area for GPs. She has worked in Aboriginal communities on Elcho Island in NT and in Liverpool in south west Sydney. She values the opportunities she has had to work with the Aboriginal people and specifically in the area of family violence

Summer Finlay is an Aboriginal woman who is currently doing her PhD. She has worked with the RACGP to educate general practitioners about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and specifically about Family Violence. She has worked for the National Health and Medical Research Council – Indigenous Health.

Early Bird Registration closes Monday 24 October, book by this date to secure a $100 discount.

For more information on the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference and to secure your registration, please visit the conference website.

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