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Utilising systematic literature reviews, World Health Organisation guidelines for health practitioners and data from several studies, this presentation will discuss this major public health issue for women in the Australian community.
In particular, it will describe how common it is in clinical practice and the association between intimate partner abuse and mental health in women attending primary care. This part is straightforward, what is not as clear is how nurses should respond to this hidden epidemic.
Should we be asking all women? How should we ask? Should we be asking men? How should we respond if a woman discloses intimate partner abuse? Who else should be involved in the care? How do we keep women and children safe? What evidence do we need in this under researched area?
Presented by Professor Kelsey Hegarty