Primary Health Network launches Framework to end violence against women and children

Primary Health Network launches Framework to end violence against women and children

The Hunter New England and Central Coast Primary Health Network (HNECC PHN) recently unveiled its Safe and Healthy: Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Framework, marking a pivotal step towards realising the National Plan’s vision of eradicating violence against women and children.

Held at the Newcastle Museum, the event heralded the expansion of the Local Links program, strengthening support for survivors of Sexual Violence and Child Sexual Abuse in Newcastle.

Crafted as a strategic blueprint, the Framework recognises Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence as a critical public health issue. It delineates three overarching objectives that will steer HNECC PHN’s endeavours over the next three years, aligning with the National Plan’s overarching goal.

Chief Executive Officer of HNECC PHN, Richard Nankervis said the Framework demonstrates the commitment of the Hunter, New England and Central Coast PHN to increasing the awareness of the varied and intersectional health and wellbeing impacts resulting from DFSV.

“Our vision as we implement this framework is that all children, young people, adults, and their families are supported by the primary health care system to live safe and healthy lives, free of violence and its adverse impacts,” Richard said.

“This framework will serve as our compass, ensuring that DFSV initiatives are community-tailored, foster equitable access to primary care, enhance collaboration between primary care and specialised DFSV services, and ultimately, yield enhanced health outcomes for survivors.”

Addressing attendees, Federal Member for Newcastle and Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Sharon Claydon MP, underscored the Australian Government’s steadfast commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of those experiencing DFSV.

“The high rates of gender-based violence demand our full attention as we work to tackle the deeply engrained social, cultural, political and economic factors that lead to violent behaviour,” Sharon said.

“The National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children continues to guide the efforts of all Australian governments. The primary care sector is absolutely critical to providing prevention, early intervention and trauma-informed treatment, and this framework is an important piece of work that will guide the work of the PHN to help achieve the National Plan’s vision.”

Sharon also highlighted the government’s tangible support for initiatives like the PHN’s Primary Care Outreach Team Pilot Project, recently allocated $6 million in funding as part of the 24-25 Federal Budget.

The framework delves into the prevalence and adverse health impacts of DFSV on individuals, families, and communities, underscoring the imperative for the primary healthcare sector’s involvement.

Notably, it sheds light on the interconnectedness of violence and abuse experiences with physical, mental health, and social outcomes, particularly among marginalised populations.

The launch also featured artwork from the University of Newcastle’s Reclaiming My Place arts program, accentuating the power of artistic expression in fostering healing and resilience within affected communities.

IMAGE | Primary Health Network Safe and Healthy: Domestic, Family, and Sexual Violence (DFSV) Framework Launch Event.

Primary Health Network

Primary Health Network is a not for profit organisation primarily funded by the Commonwealth government to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the primary health care system. HNECC PHN supports GPs and other health professionals, and delivers a range of programs.

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