Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitVictorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Vanita Parekh


Developing and implementing adult sexual assault services must be founded upon evidence based clinical practice and an understanding of a variety of perspectives. Advanced Issues in Sexual Violence will provide insight into a variety of perspectives of adult sexual assault including local, national and international.

The following topics will be taught within this unit:

  • Patient, counselling, policing and legal perspectives of sexual violence.
  • Global aspects of sexual assault.
  • Sexual assault medical service provision; theory, models and practice.
  • Quality assurance in the provision of sexual assault services.
  • Vicarious trauma theory and practice.
  • Sexual violence research, key issues, data and sources.

On successful completion of the unit, students will be expected to have developed a broad knowledge of the published data in relation to local, national and international perspectives of adult sexual assault. They will have acquired the knowledge and skills required to provide input into the delivery of adult sexual assault medical services and teaching programs.


Upon successful completion of this unit a student will be expected to have acquired the knowledge and skill sets to:

  • Establish and maintain an adult sexual assault service
  • Identify and debate sexual assault issues from a global perspective .
  • Describe the key issues of adult sexual assault from the perspectives of a victim, a counsellor, an investigator and a legal practitioner.
  • Understand and implement strategies to deal with vicarious trauma .
  • Develop and deliver training in the field of adult sexual services .
  • Describe and discuss the key literature in the field of sexual violence.
  • Understand research in the field of sexual assault.


Assignment (30%)
Participation in a topic related debate (10%)
Presentation (20%)
Dissertion and oral structured interview (40%)

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

It is expected that students will need to undertake approximately 12 hours of study per week over the Semester. This will include contact time (16 hours), private study (text and readings), assessment tasks (case studies, assignments), and involvement in case work. Students are required to attend a 2 day workshop during the semester.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A registered medical practitioner who is involved in assessing (or may be required to assess) victims of sexual violence. The medical practitioner must be able to show evidence of working or training in the field of sexual assault medicine.
Successful completion of the Adult Sexual Assault Unit, FOR5005 with a grade of credit or above.