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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.

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Evaluation of the Improving Health System Responses to Domestic and Family Violence Primary Health Network Pilots

Project length
2 years and 6 months

General practitioners (GPs) have historically been the first professional contact for survivors of any abuse and violence.


Government and professional recognition of the complexity of these survivor’s needs has acted as a catalyst for integrated responses.

The Australian Government has recently funded the expansion of the Recognise, Respond, and Refer (RRR) Program, to enhance the capacity and capability of primary care practitioners (including GPs) to better care for people living with family and domestic violence, and improve integration of the primary health care system with the family and domestic violence service response system.

 

Research aim/s

ANROWS is partnering with the Sax Institute to evaluate the RRR expansion, known as the Improving Health System Responses to Family and Domestic Violence PHN Pilot initiatives. The evaluation aims to understand if, why and how the pilot initiatives work, and assess the impact on primary health care worker capacity and integration with the family and domestic violence service response system.


Methods

The evaluation employs a co-design approach to plan both implementation and outcome evaluations, working with six Primary Health Networks across three states. The implementation evaluation uses a mixed-methods approach, drawing on a range of quantitative sources (e.g. participant and referral data) and qualitative sources (e.g. interviews/small group discussions with GPs and other staff). The outcome evaluation uses a range of assessment tools to identify improvements in primary health care practitioners’ knowledge and practice, as well as changes at the system level such as partner collaboration and system integration.

 

Significance

The evaluation will help build the evidence base to inform future policy directions and program planning in Primary Health Networks to ensure systems and individuals better recognise, respond and refer people impacted by DFV.


Researchers

Project lead

Ms Anne Redman (Sax Institute), Director of the Evaluate program

Research team

Dr Peter Ninnes (ANROWS), Senior Advisor to the evaluation

Professor Michael Frommer (Sax Institute)

Dr Sallie Newell (Sax Institute), Evaluation Fellow

Dr Alice Knight (Sax Institute), Outcome evaluation lead

Budget

This project is funded by Australian Department of Health.

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