VAN Clinical Forum - Supporting a Skilled & Integrated Workforce: Exploring New Frontiers

With over 200 participants attending the NSW Health VAN Clinical Forum, “Supporting a Skilled and Integrated Workforce: Exploring New Frontiers” in Sydney on 23rd July 2019, there was ample opportunity available for collaboration, which was a strong theme of this year’s Forum.

Aunty Millie Ingram opened the Forum with a warm and empowering Welcome to Country which was followed by Professor Simon Hackett providing the keynote presentation on “Addressing harmful sexual behaviours: what, why, when, how and wherefore”? Professor Hackett’s presentation provided information on the developmental and behavioural continuum of sexually harmful behaviours and discussed the pathways and aetiology associated with these behaviours in 0 -17 year olds. Professor Hackett was part of a convened panel with Cathy Want and Dale Tolliday, who provided a response to 3 case studies that were discussed by participants in groups which then enabled increased understanding of the domains of practice when working with children and young people with sexually harmful behaviours.

The VAN Clinical Forum also provided opportunity for two presentations from workers in VAN Services to showcase their integrated clinical practice and collaboration. The first presentation provided an opportunity for participants to learn about a collaborative group work partnership between a VAN Service and a non-government service in the Nepean Blue Mountains area that resulted in increased engagement between services and the Aboriginal community. The second presentation provided an opportunity to learn about how a multi-agency approach in Western NSW assisted a family with complex needs to feel like they had a supportive and empowering “team” behind them. The day finished with an exciting presentation and launch of the NSW Health Integrated Violence, Abuse & Neglect Statistics and Research Project. Donna Roese did a fantastic job as MC. Vanessa Dray, ECAV Operations Manager ensured the day ran smoothly.

ECAV would like to thank PARVAN, Government Relations Branch, NSW Ministry of Health for their continued support of this important workforce development initiative and also to Dale Tolliday & the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network for supporting Professor Hackett attendance at the Forum.

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