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About the Violence, Abuse and Neglect Clinical Network

Supporting the development of initiatives and delivery of healthcare for patients and clients who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect.

About the Violence, Abuse and Neglect (VAN) Clinical Network

The Ministry of Health has engaged the ACI to establish the VAN Clinical Network in NSW Health. The network will bring together clinicians, managers, clients and carers to develop innovative models of care, give guidance to the system and improve service delivery, system capability and client and staff experience relating to VAN service delivery and mainstream responsiveness.

Background

NSW Health’s Integrated Prevention and Response to Violence Abuse and Neglect (IPARVAN) Framework provides an overarching strategic platform for all of NSW Health to respond to violence, abuse and neglect. It also outlines guiding principles and key priorities to strengthen NSW Health services responding to violence, abuse and neglect and detailed guidance for NSW Health’s specialist VAN services.

The Ministry has engaged ACI to support the VAN redesign program through the development and implementation of two projects:

  1. VAN Services Redesign Local Implementation Support Project
  2. the VAN Clinical Network.

The Clinical Network will provide a forum to:

  • discuss healthcare innovation
  • share knowledge and experience to improve the delivery of healthcare for patients/clients who have experienced VAN
  • collaborate across regional and service boundaries
  • work with others to develop initiatives to improve the experience and delivery of healthcare for patients/clients who have experienced VAN
  • support implementation of service standards, clinical guidelines and legislative requirements.

The initial focus of the network is to support the change process for VAN redesign. It will leverage the current network developed through VAN clinical forums convened by the Education Centre Against Violence (EACV) in 2018.