FOR5009 - Advanced issues in sexual violence - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Forensic Medicine


Associate Professor Vanita Parekh

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis. For further information please contact the Postgraduate Course Administrator via email or phone 03 9684 4115.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Online)


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, students should be able to:

  1. Recommend actions related to victims of sexual violence in terms of counselling, policing and legal perspectives;
  2. Assess sexual violence in a global context;
  3. Evaluate issues relating to sexual assault medical service provision, considering theory, models and practice;
  4. Identify issues in quality assurance in the provision of sexual assault services;
  5. Apply medical and psychological skills in dealing with vicarious trauma prevention and management;
  6. Interpret sexual violence research, key issues, data and sources.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

Compulsory 2 day workshop.

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 FOR5005 with a grade of credit or above.

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