Pregnancy in the context of domestic and family violence presents complex situations in which health practitioners need to assess patient safety and care.

Whilst domestic and family violence are not new, challenges in clinical settings, emerging data related to coercion prior to and during pregnancy presents new evidence useful to primary health policy and practice.

This one day workshop provides practical steps to identifying, responding to and referring patients at risk of, experiencing and/or perpetrating reproductive coercion. Participants will explore evidence based strategies to work with patients who are at risk of or experiencing reproductive coercion. Participants will gain confidence in working with perpetrators as patients and/or intimate partners. Participants will leave the training with additional capacity in trauma informed approaches to maximise patient safety and enhance patient care. Participants will have access to pre-readings, a hard copy resource pack and will be invited to an online assessment process.

Learning outcomes

  • Explain key concepts of reproductive coercion and reproductive autonomy
  • Demonstrate the use of resources in patient safety planning
  • Summarise how reproductive coercion impacts on access to contraceptive choices
  • Outline a contraceptive choices consultation for a patient using tools provided
  • Explain how to identify and respond to a patient perpetrating reproductive coercion

Course content

  • Key Concepts of reproductive coercion, domestic violence and family violence
  • Society, culture and intersectional impacts on reproductive autonomy
  • Contraceptive choices within contexts of reproductive coercion
  • Safety planning and care for patients living within abusive relationships
  • Complex health needs, patient safety and knowing your role
  • Further information, referral pathways and practical tools

Who should attend?

  • General practitioners, GP registrars, International medical graduates, Allied health professionals, Nurses & Midwives, Nurse registrars

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available for this course. Please download an application form here and submit at least 10 weeks prior to the course date.


Cost $220
Length 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Session TBA
Delivery Method Blended (online and face-to-face)

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