The Violence, Abuse and Neglect (VAN) Redesign Program aims to enhance the capacity of the public health system to provide 24-hour, trauma-informed and trauma-specific, integrated psychosocial, medical and forensic responses to sexual assault, child physical abuse and neglect, and domestic and family violence presentations.
This will help to minimise the impact of trauma, support recovery from trauma, and promote long-term health and wellbeing, as well as assisting interagency partners to promote safety and justice outcomes for victims and the community.
Integrated Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect Framework
The Integrated Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect Framework is a key component of the VAN Redesign Program. The framework outlines the vision, guiding principles, objectives and strategic priorities to strengthen NSW Health response to violence, abuse and neglect. It is underpinned by a comprehensive evidence base and was developed through a co-design process with extensive consultation.
The framework emphasises the need to mobilise NSW Health at the system, service, practice and workforce levels to support responses for victims and families. The framework’s four key objectives are to:
- strengthen leadership, governance and accountability
- enhance the skills, capabilities and confidence of the Health workforce
- expand violence, abuse and neglect services to ensure they are coordinated, integrated and comprehensive
- extend the foundations for integration across the whole NSW Health system.
Implementation of the framework
Supported by additional funding of $10M per year since 2017/18, the framework is being implemented in two overlapping phases.
Phase 1 will focus on the specific efforts required for NSW Health VAN services to strengthen integrated responses.
Phase 2 will focus on broadening integration of violence, abuse and neglect responses across the whole NSW Health system and with partner agencies.
Resources to support implementation