Dentists’ role in recognising, responding and referring women who have experienced domestic violence

Croker, Felicity, Carrington, Ann, Lee-Ross, Amanda, and Muhajir, Nausheen Mohammed (2018) Dentists’ role in recognising, responding and referring women who have experienced domestic violence. In: Abstract Book of Australian Public Health Conference 2018. p. 52. From: Australian Public Health Conference 2018: Leadership in public health: Challenges for local and planetary communities, 26-28 September 2018, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Background: Domestic violence is a significant public health issue that impacts not only on individual women, but also on their families and communities. The prevalence of domestic violence means that student dentists encounter traumatised women in their clinical practice, however, they report feeling inadequately prepared for this challenging role. The Dentists and Domestic Violence – Recognise, Respond and Refer (DV-RRR) training program is a groundbreaking intervention developed collaboratively with JCU Social Work and Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service to address this problem. Embedding dental students into participatory action research projects that evaluate the DV-RRR initiative has been integral to successful design and implementation. While they have identified that dental students’ embed awareness of domestic violence into their clinical practice, graduates’ capacity to respond appropriately has not been explored. Methods: Current research aims to explore JCU dental graduate’s perceptions of the effectiveness and value of DV-RRR training in their practice using a mixed method approach. Online surveys will evaluate the sustained impact of this education to graduate dental practice. Focus groups will then enrich this evaluation data on the program.

Results: Data collection is in progress. Findings will reveal the sustained impact of domestic violence training on graduates’ clinical practice. The presentation will provide results on the sustained value, effectiveness and clinical application of the DV-RRR intervention.

Conclusion: DV-RRR is embedded in the JCU Dental Surgery curriculum. Interest from health professionals suggests that other dental programs would benefit from a similar collaborative initiative that enables appropriate responses to domestic violence.

Item ID: 55739
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Date Deposited: 01 Oct 2018 21:59
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development @ 100%
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