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Seminar: VTMH November Seminar 2018

Start: 2018-11-21

End: 2018-11-21

VTMH Monthly Seminar Series 

Wednesday 21st November, 2018


Guest Speaker: Dr. Manjula O'Connor, MBBS, FRANZCP, M Med, DPM

Venue: Conference Room, Level 1 Bolte Wing (Building F), 14 Nicholson St, St Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy VIC 3065 

Time: 3 - 4pm 

About the speaker:

Dr Manjula O’Connor is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Private Practice. She Chairs Bi National Family Violence Psychiatry Network at the Royal Australian NZ College of Psychiatrists.

She is Hon. Senior Fellow at the University Of Melbourne Department Of Psychiatry. Her research and clinical focus is family domestic violence. She spearheaded public campaign against domestic violence and dowry abuse, in her capacity as the  founder of her NGO the Australasian Centre for Human Rights and Health.

Recently she was appointed to the Ministerial South Asian Community Advisory Council

Manjula has also participated in numerous media interviews


The study was designed to examine knowledge, opinions and practices of psychiatrists and trainees in responding to domestic violence (DV). Methodology used was online survey. 216  psychiatrists completed the survey. It found that 47% had received less than 2 hours of training in DV. Physician Readiness to Manage Intimate Partner Violence Survey was administered and knowledge about DV (10 items) and preparedness to deal with DV (10 items) was explored.

The findings showed that overall, Psychiatrists possessed moderate knowledge of DV, and a moderate degree of preparedness to deal with DV. Australian psychiatrists’ and trainees’ comfort to ask and their preparedness to deal with DV was associated with greater hours of training.

The results provide insight into what supports psychiatrists may require and a basis for the development of education and training for working with patients experiencing DV.  

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The VTMH Seminar Series presents speakers on a range of mental health and diversity themes. Sessions are free and will interest people working in a range of sectors.