“Strategic Practice: Innovation, Collaboration and Relationships”

The ECAV Integrated Violence Abuse and Neglect Portfolio team, in partnership with PARVAN delivered the second JCPRP Forum for the year on 26th October 2023. The Forum, held on Cammeraygal Land, was opened with a thoughtful Welcome to Country from Yvonne Weldon of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The Keynote Presentation was delivered by Dr Ellie Freedman, Manager of the Medical Forensic Portfolio . Dr Freedman delivered an informative presentation providing Health Clinicians with the information they need to know about the implementation of the Early Evidence Collection Guideline across NSW. Dr Freedman kept the audience engaged with practical case studies to explore nuances in complex situations.

Maria Woods, District Manager Integrated PARVAN & Women’s Health from Western NSW and Catharina Webb, Senior Health Clinician, Joint Referral Unit (JRU) provided an update and refresher on the JCPRP Criteria Details and shared innovative strategies for managing Out of Program Referrals to improve the provision of service to children and families.

Colleagues from Western NSW – Christie Hyde, Jye Forrester, Susan Kanisek and Hannah Casey LHD showcased outstanding strategic practice in a regional context. Western NSW colleagues demonstrated innovative and creative ways of practicing which overcame systemic complexities through relationship building, whilst centring the safety and wellbeing of children and their families. It was a privilege to listen to the challenges and opportunities arising an in big beautiful Western NSW – State-wide colleagues fed back that hearing about their colleagues approach to the work was validating and enriching.

Lorna McNamara, Director of Prevention and Response to Violence, Abuse and Neglect, Government Relations Branch, NSW Ministry of Health, provided an exciting policy update announcing an unexpected and very welcome funding boost for Medical Forensic Services in NSW. As well confirming great progress on the highly anticipated NSW Health JCPRP Policy.

The day concluded with a Panel Discussion which bridged policy and on the ground practice. Thank you to our panel participants Lorna McNamara, Katherina Barnes and Andrew Gates Donnelly from PARVAN, Rosemary Fitzgerald Director of the Child Wellbeing Unit and Erin Brazenall from the JRRU.

It was great to have over 50 participants attending the Forum in person from across the state. The overwhelming feedback from participants was that the Forum content was informative and relevant to their roles. Importantly, participants reported that attending the forum in person fostered a greater sense of connectedness with their JCPRP Colleagues.

ECAV extend thanks and gratitude to Lorna McNamara and the PARVAN Government Relations Branch at NSW Ministry of Health for their attendance and continued support of the JCPRP Clinical Forum.

JCPRP Forum - 26th Oct

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