New Frontiers: collaboratively educating dentists to competently recognise domestic violence, respond and refer

Croker, Felicity, Carrington, Ann, and Lee-Ross, Amanda (2019) New Frontiers: collaboratively educating dentists to competently recognise domestic violence, respond and refer. In: [Presented at the STOP Domestic Violence Conference 2019]. From: STOP Domestic Violence Conference 2019, 9-11 December 2019, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.

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The presentation will report on a ground-breaking educational program that prepares student dentists to capably recognise domestic violence, respond and refer. 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. In 2015, student dentists identified that they were feeling inadequately prepared for this challenging role. JCU Dentistry, in collaboration with JCU Social Work and the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service, have designed and delivered an innovative program to address this problem. Students are required to participate in the scaffolded program Dentists and Domestic Violence – Recognise, Respond and Refer (DDV: RRR), which is integrated into their clinical practice.

The value of educating dentists to recognise, respond, refer and potentially reduce the incidence of domestic violence in regional and rural communities has not been explored previously. Involving dental students in the participatory action research projects that evaluate the DDV: RRR initiative has been integral to successful design and implementation. Preliminary findings show that both dental students' and graduates demonstrate the ability to capably apply the learning to their clinical practice. Evaluation is ongoing.

This program is at the forefront of dental education in Australia and is helping to bring Australian dentistry in line with other Western countries and allied health professionals. Interest from health professionals suggests that other dental programs would benefit from a similar collaborative initiative that enables appropriate responses to domestic violence in clinical practice. There is potential to embed Domestic Violence – Recognise, Respond and Refer (DDV: RRR) training into dental policy and practice more widely.

Item ID: 62093
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: domestic violence, Dentistry, dental students, dental education
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Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2020 00:55
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1105 Dentistry > 110599 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920402 Dental Health @ 60%
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