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A conference on family violence and mental health

Date Saturday 16 August 2014,

Time: 8.30 AM to 4.30 PM

Venue: Clarion on Canterbury, Forest Hill

Application made for 40 Category 1 CPD points with the RACGP (subject to confirmation)

Programme (subject to changes):






30 mins



5 mins

Welcome & housekeeping

Dr. Igor Jakubowicz


45 mins


The facts & figures

What do we know about family violence & mental health?


Prof Bob Adler


45 mins

Responding to disclosure of and non-disclosure of abuse including 15 minute video

A/Prof Jan Coles


15 mins

Morning tea


45 mins

Family violence, The Police & the Law

VicPol, Magistrate (TBC)


45 mins

The impact of family violence on the victims (usually women & children)

Dr. Victoria Pearse, psychiatrist &

Dr. Christie Sproat,



60 mins



80 mins

Panel discussion “Case studies - Broaching & managing the subject of family violence in your patient in General Practice & Managing your own well-being as a health practitioner in the field”

All speakers


20 mins

Afternoon tea


30 mins

Educating Men about Family Violence - Responding Constructively to Perpetrators

White Ribbon Ambassador


40 mins

The GP’s toolkit for managing Family Violence – what to do when confronted with abuse?

(includes photo quiz of injuries)  Legal requirements (mandatory reporting) Where to get advice

Dr. Jason Schreiber, VIFM


10 mins

Concluding remarks including reminder re feedback form & reinforcing activity

Dr. Gurdip Aurora



The speakers:

Prof. Robert Adler - Child and adolescent psychiatrist

Bob is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with 40 years’ experience. Between 1985 and 1998 he was Professor and Director of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.
Since 1998 he has concentrated on medico-legal aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry. He was a Member of the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria (1998-2010) and President (2008-2010) as well as working as a psychiatrist at the Melbourne Youth Justice Centre (1999-2013).
Currently he conducts psychiatric medico-legal assessments in a number of jurisdictions including assessments of parents, children and families for the Family Court; assessments for the criminal and family divisions of the Children's Court; and civil assessments under the Traffic Accident Act and the Wrongs Act.
Bob also has a small clinical child and adolescent psychiatric practice. 
Although his main work base is in Victoria he regularly conducts assessments in Tasmania and has conducted assessments in the Northern Territory. He is happy to consider requests for assessments in other states and territories.He accepts some legal aid funded cases.

A/Prof. Jan Coles - Monash University GP Educator & Researcher

Jan Coles is an Academic General Practitioner who has worked in clinical medicine and general practice for over 25 years. She is the DGP medical educator responsible for the clinical skills in Year 1 and 2 MBBS at Clayton Campus and co-chair of the Year 1 and 2 Management Committee. Her main area of research is sexual violence and women’s health and the impact of childhood sexual violence on early mothering. Her current collaboration with the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health has further developed her expertise in the long-term impacts of childhood sexual assault on mothering, mental and physical health and on GP service use.

Dr. Victoria Pearse - Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Vicky Pearse is a local psychiatrist with a special interest in child & adolescent psychiatry. As a result, she sees many victims of family violence.

Dr. Christie Sproat - Psychologist

Christie is the founder and principal psychologist of Fernhills Clinic. She has completed a Doctorate of Psychology in the field of Clinical Psychology. Christie is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and a member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. Her main clinical interests are anxiety, depression, trauma. personaility disorders, relationships, self-esteem issues, grief, sexual dysfunction and sleep disorders. Chrisite is also the co-creator of the Facing Anxiety program which is a 10 week skills based program to assist people to face their anxiety.

Alan Eade - Mobile Intensive Care Ambulance (MICA) Paramedic - White Ribbon Ambassador

One of the situations faced by Paramedics is reading their surroundings and underlying causes or circumstances of injury - domestic violence is part of that pattern.

Dr. Jason Schreiber - Forensic Physician, VIFM

Jason has been a Forensic Physician in the field of clinical forensic medicine since 2007, covering South English and Scottish police forces. Since April 2013, he has worked as a Clinical Forensic Physician at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Victoria. The author, of German origin, passed his German Medical State Examination in 1998 and is Australian Medical Council certificate holder. He has been a Member by examination of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (General Forensic Medicine) in London, UK, and obtained his Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic and Legal Medicine at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, in 2011.

 Dr. Gurdip Aurora - General Practitioner

Gurdip is a GP in Scoresby, director of GEPH and president of the Australia India Society of Victoria.

Dr. Igor Jakubowicz - General Practitioner

LMusA, MBBS, MFM, Grad Dip Forensic Med., GAICD

Igor is chair of GEPH. He is in full-time general practice and worked for VicPol & VIFM as a part-time forensic medical officer for 20 years. He continues to work in the field of addiction medicine as well as his usual general practice patients.

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