Interprofessional Collaboration to Develop and Deliver Domestic Violence Curriculum to Dental Students

Carrington, Ann, Croker, Felicity, Lee-Ross, Amanda, Keogh, Sandra, Dewar, Simone, Townsend, Casey, Shield, William, and Chan, Winson (2024) Interprofessional Collaboration to Develop and Deliver Domestic Violence Curriculum to Dental Students. Australian Social Work. (In Press)

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Domestic violence (DV) is a serious social problem that impacts significantly on communities globally. While dentists are uniquely positioned to identify patients who experience DV, there is limited content specifically addressing the issue in their undergraduate training. James Cook University (JCU) dental students revealed this gap, and, in response, an interprofessional collaboration between JCU Social Work, JCU Dentistry and the Cairns Regional Domestic Violence Service was established to codesign and deliver the Dentists and Domestic Violence—Recognise, Respond and Refer program, evaluated through Participatory Action Research (PAR) cycles. The program is informed by critical and feminist social work theory with a gendered analysis of DV. The authors present the program’s evolution and examine the four elements identified as central to its success: interprofessional collaboration, critical and feminist theory and gendered analysis, scaffolded content, and skills-based activities. This article will provide a guide for others starting work in this space.


- Designing and implementing an interprofessional domestic violence curriculum informed by critical theory and tailored for dental students’ can help meet their learning needs.

- Collaboratively educating dental students to recognise and respond to domestic violence cases will enable appropriate clinical interactions with patients who are victim-survivors of domestic violence and improve the quality of referrals and interactions with community support services.

- Undertaking evaluation research that guides effective domestic violence training for students across disciplines contributes to addressing domestic violence.

Item ID: 80548
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Cross-discipline Training, Dental Students, Dentistry, Domestic Violence Curriculum Development, Domestic Violence Sector, Interprofessional Collaboration, Social Work, Social Work Research, Social Work Training
Copyright Information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2024 23:59
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3203 Dentistry > 320399 Dentistry not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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