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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Angela Williams


Divided into key themes surrounding the theory and historical perspective of rape and sexual assault, the incidence and prevalence of sexual offences, history taking, examination findings, and understanding the complexities of victims of sexual assault, this unit provides the foundations to understanding adult sexual assault nursing and forms the basis for FOR5002. Both units give the sexual assault nurse a broad understanding of managing adult sexual assault in their community. Exploring best practice models from national and international resources the student learns to critically evaluate these and other journal articles provided.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the incidence and prevalence of violence against women and sexual assault as it relates to the community;
  2. Define the elements of sexual assault and the law surrounding sexual offences;
  3. Describe both female and male genital anatomy;
  4. Develop a clear understanding of genital physiology; e) Evaluate sexual assault services, existing models and journal reviews;
  5. Develop skills in communicating with victims of sexual assault whilst understanding the complexities of history taking in these circumstances;
  6. Define the process used to perform a high quality sexual assault examination;
  7. Understand the importance of clear and precise record keeping, documentation and the advantages and disadvantages photography as an adjunct to written records and
    1. Identify and understand the needs of vulnerable subgroups or of victims from diverse and/or ethnic communities.


Workbook Activities (20%)
Online Discussion (10%)
Case Presentation (20%)
Residential Participation (10%)
Case Study (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jo Ann Parkin

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 3 day workshop each semester