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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.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Training needs of exercise, diet and other allied health professionals in responding to gender-based violence


Experiencing gender-based violence is associated with a sequelae of negative short- and long-term health complications. Among these are chronic pain syndromes, functional impairments, cardiovascular and other inflammatory diseases (e.g. diabetes), overweight/obesity, depression, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress and other anxiety disorders. These are all also common reasons for referral to exercise, diet and other allied health professionals.
Exercise, diet and other allied health professionals play a potentially important role in screening for gender-based violence and referring to acute crisis support. Their scope could also include delivering interventions that support recovery from short- and long-term physical and mental health consequences of gender-based violence. However, the competency and training needs of this workforce to safely and competently work with people who have experienced gender-based violence are currently unknown.


This project aims to determine the training needs of tertiary-qualified exercise, diet and other allied health professionals in responding to a person who has experienced gender-based violence.


An online survey is being conducted as well as qualitative interviews.

The online survey questions were adapted from the Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey (PREMIS). This is a validated tool which can be used as a needs assessment to measure physicians' knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviours and skills to determine what needs to be addressed during gender-based violence training.

The online survey will also be supplemented with qualitative interviews on Zoom where participants will be encouraged to reflect on their knowledge, attitudes and experiences as practicing allied health professionals when answering interview questions.


There are close to 200,000 registered allied health professionals in Australia. Currently, there is no formal gender-based violence training required, or any recognition of the need to train allied health professionals as part of their tertiary qualifications or at a professional level. Without formal training, allied health professionals are at risk of unwillingly causing harm if they’re unable to provide support for and ensure the safety of people who experience gender-based violence. Allied health professionals may not be appropriately addressing the health needs of people who experience gender-based violence. This research hopes to determine the competency and training needs of exercise, diet and other allied health professionals in responding to gender-based violence.

Project start date

June 2021

Expected completion date

June 2023
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