Building Capacity in Health Staff to Recognise & Respond to Domestic Violence

Registration is now open for our June monthly seminar series

Melanie Lotfali, Family Violence Prevention Officer | Women’s and Child Health

In 2017 a national study was undertaken in collaboration with ten Universities across Australia to explore nursing and midwifery students’ attitudes and views about domestic violence. The survey was extended to Midwifery students due to their mandated role in screening women for DV at their antenatal check-ups. Similar to nursing students, minimal research has been undertaken with midwifery students to explore their views towards DV or undergraduate education on DV.

This study supported national and international recognition of the urgency to address domestic violence as a public health issue. Nurses and midwives, the largest group of health professionals, have an important role in identifying people who experience DV, encouraging the development of safety plans and facilitating access to assistance and support.

Building Capacity in Health Staff to Recognise & Respond to Domestic Violence

 When: Wednesday 13 June 2018

 Time: 5.30pm – 7.30pm

 Where: Cullen Room, Level 4, Holme Building, Science Road, University of Sydney

 Registration: This event is free but we encourage tax deductible donations to help cover the cost of catering. Suggested donation is $50.

RSVP Essential. Drinks & nibbles available.


This seminar may qualify for CPD points.

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About the speaker

Melanie Lotfali

Melanie is the Domestic Violence Prevention Officer for the Northern NSW Local Health District. In this role her core work is building capacity in health staff to recognise and respond to DV. Previously she has worked as a counsellor, educator and manager in a variety of (primarily feminist) NGOs, UNIFEM, and other organisations in Australia and overseas.
Melanie has an undergraduate degree with a double major in psychology and Women’s Studies, Honors in Women’s Studies, Dip. Ed., PhD in sociology (Engaging boys and men in gender equality).

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These monthly talks will provide opportunity to exchange ideas, inform change and share research. Each month we will discuss the latest developments in legal issues that directly impact women and children.

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