Funding to Better Equip GPs to Respond to Family Violence

After family and friends, it is general practitioners and other healthcare providers who victim survivors of family violence often turn to for help and support. It’s crucial these professionals have the skills and resources to effectively recognise and respond to abuse.

The Federal Government has announced $300,000 in funding to update clinical guidelines to help general practitioners (GPs) better respond to family violence.

Abuse and violence: Working with our patients in general practice (the Whitebook) is a manual resource designed to guide doctors and medical experts to identify family violence and support patients experiencing abuse.

Last reviewed in 2014, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) will use the funding to update the Whitebook and ensure medical practitioners across the country have current, tailored and evidence-informed advice at their disposal.

The initiative is part of the a broader $9.6 million government commitment, announced in the Federal Government’s 2019–20 Budget, to build the capability of more healthcare professionals to better recognise and respond to patients experiencing abuse. 

Read more on the Lookout about the Federal Government’s commitment to training GPs to respond to family violence, and the progress of Royal Commission recommendations for medical professionals in Victoria: click here