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: Training participants

Family Violence Training Resources


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. 

Proposed dates for 2020: 

Wednesday 11 March 

Wednesday 20 May 

Wednesday 19 August 

Wednesday 18 November



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


Date: Advertised soon.


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 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. 


Proposed dates for 2020:

Wednesday 4 March 
Wednesday 3 June
Wednesday 2 September
Wednesday 2 December


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: Advertised soon. 


Family Violence Training Resources

Please see listed below the training resources for Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence initiative.

Module 1 - A Shared Understanding

Module 2 - Identifying and Responding to Family Violence

Combined Module 1&2

Family Violence Workplace Response