Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 02 Hansard (Thursday, 24 March 2022) . . Page.. 670 ..
(7) Were the same screening questions trialled at the Calvary Maternity Unit also rolled out across the Canberra Hospital as part of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence program; if so, when did this occur.
(8) How many and which staff at the hospital have been trained to use the screening questions, and have subsequently put them into practice.
(9) Can the Minister provide a copy of the Strengthening Hospital Responses to Family Violence program that is being utilised by the Canberra Hospital as part of the answer to this question on notice.
(10) Given that according to the draft ACT Risk Assessment and Management Framework, a risk assessment should be undertaken whenever domestic and family violence has been disclosed or identified through the consideration of 13 key risk factors stated in the Framework, are there any screening mechanisms in practice at hospitals in the ACT to identify and understand domestic and family violence where there has been no disclosure or observable risk factors; if so, can the Minister provide further details.
(11) When will the final publication of the ACT Risk Assessment and Management Framework be released.
Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:
(1) A trial of a screening tool commenced at Calvary Maternity Unit in February 2020. The trial was not completed due to COVID-19.
(2) All staff at the Maternity Unit were trained to use the screening tool.
(3) The trial was a process trial to test the framework and screening tool for use. It was not a clinical trial and patient participation, and outcomes were not recorded.
(4) The trial was useful in determining some changes to the screening tool and administrative processes to support screening which have been incorporated into the final framework and tool. However, the trial was not completed due to COVID-19.
(5) The ACT Government supports the use of a screening tool and process in any appropriate setting. The ACT Domestic and Family Violence Risk Assessment and Management Framework is in its final stages of completion. The draft Framework is published on the CSD website, and its use is encouraged across all service settings.
(6) The trial was a process-based trial to both support Calvary staff in identifying and responding to Domestic and Family Violence and to see how a screening process could be introduced. Despite the trial being cut short by the pandemic, OCGFS obtained feedback directly from the (then) head of Calvary Maternity Services and this has been incorporated into the final framework.
(7) Canberra Health Services (CHS) did not participate in the pilot to introduce screening questions for the maternity unit at Calvary Hospital. In line with the ACT Domestic and Family Violence Frontline Worker Training Strategy, CHS has adopted the Strengthening Health Responses to Family Violence (SHRFV) model which utilises a ‘Sensitive Practice’ model to enquire about family violence.