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November 2016

Stand Up, Speak Out and Act #whiteribbonday

Today is White Ribbon Day, a national violence prevention campaign and is part of the largest global movement to stop violence against women and children.

Unfortunately family violence is far too prevalent within the Australian community. It is important to note that, according to Australian statistics, one in three women and one in four children will experience family violence, but also one in five men will also become victims of family violence.

These victims and numerous perpetrators are presenting to their General Practices, Health Provider Specialists, Community, Support and Social groups with a variety of issues including mental anguish, broken bones, bruises and many other physical and emotional scars.

Rosie Batty, Australian of the Year 2015, is a prominent family violence campaigner who rose above personal tragedy and the loss of her 11 year old son Luke, who was a victim of domestic violence at the hands of his father in an extremely public attack. Earlier this year we had the honour of hosting Rosie Batty as one of our keynote speakers at the 2016 AGPAL and QIP Conference.

Rosie shared with our audience that although AGPAL and QIP accredited organisations and their staff may not feel appropriately qualified to deal with cases of family violence, there are steps that can be taken to provide greater support to these victims when these abusive and complex situations present themselves.

Some of these recommended some steps that health care providers can take to personally and professionally understand and support victims, and perpetrators of family violence include:

  • Understand that you are not an expert, your role is to support, not resolve.
  • Be confident in your ability to refer patients, friends, clients, colleagues, staff and family members to a referred specialist service.
  • Be cautious that victims may have had to relocate and displaying photographs may put someone’s safety in jeopardy.

What can you do?

  • 1800 RESPECT is a national specialist referral phone service (1800respect.com.au) or
  • Engage your team in specialist domestic violence response training through DV Alert (dvalert.org.au)

Stand with Rosie Batty beside every victim on family violence and support her Never Alone Campaign (www.neveralone.com.au)

Stand Up, Speak Out and Act #whiteribbonday

Russell Renhard Scholarship Judging has Commenced

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Applications for the Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP) Russell Renhard Scholarship closed on Wednesday 9 November 2016. We would like to thank all of those QIP community clients who submitted applications, outlining the unique ways they are working towards improving health and wellbeing within our communities. Judging is currently underway, so be sure to look out for further updates regarding our scholarship recipient, announced in the near future.

The Russell Renhard Scholarship honours the significant contribution made by Russell to health and social services, accreditation and continuous quality improvement. Additionally, it allows for a legacy to be created in celebrating Russell’s life, along with recognising others contributions to causes that Russell felt so passionately about.

Russell Renhard was a pioneer in the development of quality improvement and capacity building approaches within health and community organisations across Australia. Throughout his career Russell dedicated his effort and expertise to addressing social justice, and supporting systems-based approaches, promoting access to quality services for all. Russell never stopped believing that change was possible and that a more equitable society could be achieved. It was this belief that sustained his efforts and underpinned his vision.

QIP is delighted to fund the Russell Renhard Scholarship, which aims to support and provide funding to a project by a team or individual passionate about the exploration of innovative and best practice, seeking to implement activities addressing issues of social justice, and contributes to improvements that promote access to quality service provision for members of the community.

For any queries please email info@qip.com.au.