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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Page: 194

Women's Safety Package

(Questions No. 560 and 598)

Ms Butler asked the Minister for Social Services, in writing, on 9 November 2016 and 10 November 2016:

Of the $14 million announced in the Women's Safety Package in September 2015 to expand the DV-alert training program to police, social workers, emergency department staff and community workers to better support women, and work with the College of General Practitioners to develop and deliver specialised training to general practitioners across the country:a) what sum has been spent b) how many police have received the DV-alert training since the announcementc) how many

(i) social workers

(ii) emergency department staff

have received DV-alert training in that periodd) how many general practitioners have received the specialised training in the intervening period.

Mr Porter: The Minister for Social Services has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(a) $13.499 million has been committed to Lifeline Australia to expand DV-alert over three years through a funding agreement. To date, $4.379 million has been spent. $0.500 has been provided to the Department of Health for training for general practitioners.

(b) Between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2016, 49 participants who attended DV-alert training identified as working with the police.

(c) Between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2016, approximately 685 participants who identified as support/social workers participated in DV-alert training, either through a face-to-face or e-Learning course.

Between 1 January 2016 and 30 June 2016, six participants self-identified as working in an emergency department.

During the reporting period, DV-alert has delivered training to other health staff including paramedics, drug and alcohol counsellors, Indigenous health workers and nurses.

(d) The Department of Health is providing funding for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) to develop and deliver specialised training to help general practitioners better recognise, respond and refer victims of violence to appropriate specialist services. The RACGP and ACRRM are currently developing the materials, and will commence delivery of training in 2017.