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Media release                                                                  

8 July 2019

 

Opening the AMSA National Convention in Hobart this morning, Tasmanian Governor, Her Excellency Kate Warner, called for a greater focus on Intimate Partner Violence in medical training and education.

 

The Governor used her opening address to the Convention’s 800 medical students to stress the importance of educating the future medical workforce on Intimate Partner Violence, and cited its roots in gender inequality.

 

“A lack of respect for women, a failure to regard them as equals, can lead to violence,” the Governor said.

 

The Governor cited statistics that show gender inequality contributes to the death of almost one woman per week through family violence, with women living in remote communities more likely to be affected - and to a more severe degree.

 

“A review of IPV education in Australian medical schools in 2015 found that, while many delivered some form of intimate partner and family violence (IPV) education, it was very limited, and only two offered a comprehensive curriculum using an integrated, advocacy-based approach,” the Governor said.

 

AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said the Governor’s speech struck a chord with many of the National Convention delegates, and identified a clear gap in medical education.

 

“Anecdotally, medical students feel ill-equipped by their formal medical education to address IPV,” Ms Yang said.

 

“Australia’s future doctors want to be equipped with the skills to support patients impacted by IPV.

 

“We are hopeful that Her Excellency’s address will inspire delegates to push IPV education in their medical schools, with the support of AMSA’s policy and advocacy efforts,” Ms Yang said.

 

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students. AMSA highlights the need for IPV education and awareness in the medical profession to support effective IPV-reduction strategies in its Intimate Partner and Abuse Policy (2018).

 

Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss

E: pro@amsa.org.au