Finding Support

Pathways to Support

If you are feeling unsafe and require urgent assistance:

  • Victoria Police 000

  • Safe Steps 1800 015 188

If you would like to talk to someone about your situation:

  • 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)

  • Women's Support Line 1300134 130

  • Sexual Assault Crisis                      1800 806 292 (24/7)

  • MensLine 1300 789 978

Services in the Central Highlands:

  • Berry Street 03 5331 3558 

  • WRISC 03 5333 3666   

  • Child and Family Services (CAFS) 03 5337 3333

  • Centre Against Sexual Assault 03 5320 3933

  • Grampians Community Health 03 5358 7400

  • Ballarat and District Aboriginal Cooperative 03 5331 5344

  • BUDJA BUDJA Aboriginal Cooperative
    03 5356 4751

Click here for more referral information

Program Contacts

Ballarat Health Services is a regional partner in the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence Initiative.

 

Staff Include:

Simone Meade: Regional Manager
Donna Hart: Administrative Support Officer

Dee Honeychurch: Program Support Officer

Peter Cranage: Training and Workforce Development Officer

 

For further information contact shrfvi@bhs.org.au 

Copyright 2018  SHRFV - Ballarat Health Services

TRAINING INFORMATION

Ballarat Health Services Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative offers a range of professional development opportunities across the sub region. Professional development is designed to build the capability health service staff to identify and respond to family violence. 

Please click on the relevant opportunity to find out more and to register for upcoming sessions. 
 

Target audience: SHRFV Project Leads, Executive Sponsors and anyone who has an active role in the implementation of the SHRFV initiative.

Community of Practice

Target audience: Family Violence Contact Officers and Human Resources Representatives.

Family Violence Contact Officer Network

Target audience: Managers, Team Leaders and anyone with supervision responsibilities.

Family Violence Workplace Response Training

Target audience: Open invitation to all health services staff and community organisations. 

Family Violence Lectures

Target audience: Newly appointed Family Violence Clinical Champions.  

Clinical Champions Induction Sessions

Target audience: Various Please click below to see additional training opportunities. 

Family Violence Professional Development

Target audience: Clinicians 
 

Further details to be advised 

Family Violence Clinical Training Sessions

 

Community of Practice

Ballarat Health Services convene a quarterly Community of Practice to support implementation of the initiative across the sub region.

 

The aim of the Community of Practice is to:

  • Assist people to access resources to improve their practice

  • Translate research into relevant and accessible knowledge

  • Facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge

  • Provide opportunities for people to support each other, develop working relationships and share problem-solving strategies with one another

  • Provide a platform for sub regional action


Target audience: Project Leads, Executive Sponsors and anyone who has an active role in the implementation of the SHRFV initiative 
 

Community of Practice Sessions for 2020 to be advised shortly.

 

Family Violence Workplace
Response Training

Training overview

Family Violence Workplace Response training is a 4-hour session designed for managers, team leaders and staff who have supervision responsibilities. It is intended to increase skill and confidence in having conversations with your staff in relation to family violence. 
 

Target audience: Managers, team leaders and anyone with supervision responsibilities  
 

Why attend?

  • Develop an understanding of family violence

  • Understand the impact of family violence in the workplace 

  • Increase your confidence in having a discussion with staff members regarding family violence and in responding to disclosures of family violence

  • Learn more about Family Violence Policy and Procedures including family violence leave and internal supports

  • Increase you knowledge of referral pathways and supports available

 

Available sessions 

Wednesday 5 February. Register here. 

Monday 10 February. Register here. 

 

Family Violence Lectures

Our lectures on family violence are designed to be engaging and thought provoking. We aim to bring subject matter experts to the region and provide rural and regional health service staff with the opportunity to engage with expert speakers in their respective fields. 
 

These short sessions are open to everyone. 
 

Dates for 2020 will be advertised soon. 

 

Family Violence Contact Officer Network

The Family Violence Contact Network is designed to build the skill and knowledge of Family Violence Contact Officers and Human Resources staff and to provide health services with an opportunity to work collaboratively on emerging challenges in responding to family violence within the workplace.

Sessions will feature case studies and reflective practice to encourage learning on how best to respond to family violence alongside and an element of self-care and employee wellbeing.

Target audience: Family violence Contact Officers and Human Resources Representatives from BHS SHRFV cluster. 

 

Dates for 2019:

Thursday 21 February
Thursday 16 May 
Thursday 22 August 
Thursday 14 November

Registrations are open for Thursday 14 November. This session will be held at Hepburn Health Service in Daylesford. Please register here.

 

Family Violence Clinical Champions Training

Family Violence Clinical Champions support, resource and assist clinical staff to access evidence-based information about family violence in relation to the care of patients within the health service.

 

This training is a one day introduction session designed to equip Family Violence Clinical Champions with the knowledge and skill required to fulfil their role. 

The session incorporates Combined Module 1 and 2 – A Shared Understanding and Identifying and Responding to Family Violence and a ‘Meet the Provider’ round table. 

 

Target audience: Family Violence Clinical Champions from BHS SHRFV cluster. 
 

Date: Monday 30 September, 9am to 2.30pm at Ballarat Health Services. Please contact simone.meade@bhs.org.au to register staff from your health service.