Central Leader : November 19th 2010
6 CENTRAL LEADER, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Helping women escape from violence New programme: The Roskill Union and Community Health centre is one of two general practices taking part in a pilot anti-family violence programme. From left: Te Hononga PHO public health co-ordinator Matt Appleyard, Dr Asif Rahman, a general practitioner at the Roskill Union practice, and Shine family violence intervention co-ordinator Sue Hobbs. Photo: JASON OXENHAM By SCOTT MORGAN A new training programme for gen- eral practice staff could help reduce the amount of family violence in communities. The Te Hononga Public Health Organisation and national domestic violence charity Shine are aiming to show employees at the Roskill Union and Community Health prac- tice how to recognise if women or children are being abused. It's about training receptionists and clinicians how to identify and refer them to get help,'' Te Hononga public health co-ordinator Matt Appleyard says. They've got to ask specific questions. The questions have got to be really direct.'' The questions ask patients whether they've been physically, sexually or emotionally abused. A new computer programme, posters and other initiatives are also being developed to support the practice's staff with the programme's implementation. Mr Appleyard says the Roskill Union practice was chosen for sev- eral reasons. The Te Hononga PHO has worked well with Roskill Union over the years. Its Mt Roskill location, with a high immigrant population, was also a factor. When immigrants are settling in there's a lot of extra stress which can create physical and psychologi- cal violence.'' Shine family violence inter- vention co-ordinator Sue Hobbs says the aim of the programme is to get the word out to the community that the practice can help. It's about letting the community know they can come here. If people are aware there's a sys- tem in place, it will be a safe place to come here.'' She says the programme is being launched this week to coincide with the White Ribbon campaign, which aims to reduce domestic violence against women. Roskill Union general prac- titioner Asif Rahman says the pro- gramme will help improve the staff and community's knowledge of fam- ily violence and its consequences. Visit www.2shine.org.nz for details on defeating family violence.
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