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Preventing violence against women 

Violence against women is a prevalent, complex and serious issue that takes a profound and long-term toll on women and children’s health and wellbeing, on families and communities, and on society as a whole.

Violence is experienced differently by different women. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience both higher rates and more severe forms of violence compared to other women and young women (18 to 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups. Pregnant women are also at increased risk of experiencing violence and if violence already existed, the likelihood of increased severity is greater.

As an advocate for women and their children, RANZCOG is committed to raising awareness to prevent violence against women while building the capacity of clinicians to be able to respond appropriately to patients who may experiencing, or are at risk of experiencing violence.

Useful resources and information about upcoming projects in this space can be found below.


Important changes to MBS Obstetric Item numbers

As of 1 November mental health assessments including screening for drug and alcohol use and domestic violence will be Medicare funded for women during pregnancy and for up to two months after birth. This is an important and welcomed change to the way the health system provides support for pregnant women, particularly for women experiencing violence or at risk of violence. A link to the MBS Fact Sheet can be found in the resource list below.

Resources

 

Campaigns

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In 2017, the College participated in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence. This is a global campaign spanning from 25 November through to 10 December. Each year, for these days, there is a global focus on preventing violence against women (PVAW). Violence against women is a complex and serious issue. Violence takes a profound and long-term toll on the health of women and their children, permeating all levels of society from the individual, to the community, as well as the broader social and economic spheres. 

As advocates for women and their children, RANZCOG is committed to raising the awareness, and building the capacity of members to be able to better support women who may be at risk of, or experiencing violence. As such, the summer issue of O&G Magazine, Silent Epidemic, features an editorial by Dr Angela Jay and articles that explore different aspects of PVAW:

Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook or by submitting a comment via the O&G Magazine website. You can also read the College's article '16 Ways Healthcare Professionals Can Help Prevent Violence Against Women' for the Pixel Project.


Research

In recognition of the fact that effective policy-making requires a rigorous evidence base, the College has made the following research papers published in ANZJOG open access:

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Bringing together the Pacific family

RANZCOG’s vision in global health is to improve the health of women and their families, particularly in our geographical region.

09/09/2019

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Updated advice on Pertussis immunisation in pregnancy

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04/09/2019

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Te Kāhui Oranga ō Nuku calls for focus on health equity

The peak body for obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health in New Zealand has called for commitment and action to ensure health policies focus on equitable and better outcomes for all women across the country.

28/08/2019