Community of Practice: Family Violence

  7 April 2021  NWMPHN   

Our Family Violence Community of Practice will bring together professionals from general practice, mental health and drug and alcohol services, hospitals and the family violence sector.

This new series of annual events will foster interdisciplinary and cross-sector learning and pathway development. The focus will be on local population needs, collective action (the work that people do with each other, clarification of roles and resources) and reflexive monitoring (appraisal/feedback of the activities that are carried out), to increase participants’ capacity to identify, respond and provide pathways to safety.

These local events will include:

  • an update on the new Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and legal aspects arising from family violence
  • an expert panel case discussion and Q&A
  • facilitated networking with local general practices, hospitals, mental health, drug and alcohol and family and domestic violence services.

Learning outcomes

The Family Violence Community of Practice will help you to:

  • improve skills and confidence to recognise, respond and refer for family violence
  • understand multidisciplinary roles in managing family violence
  • get to know local players – find out what local services are available and who to refer to/who your referrers are.

Facilitator: Dr Jennifer Neil, MBBS (Hons), FRACGP

Portrait of Dr Jennifer Neil.
Dr Jennifer Neil.

Dr Jennifer Neil graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003 and completed her Fellowship in general practice in 2014. She has worked at Monash University as an educator since 2015 and is a senior lecturer.

Dr Neil is a GP educator in the area of domestic violence. She also works as a clinician in Balwyn where she has interests in supporting domestic violence survivors, mental health, adolescent health and chronic disease management.


The events will be held online from 6:30 – 8:00pm, using Zoom. 

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While you are welcome to attend any of the events, we encourage you to attend the one most relevant to the geographic area of your work to optimise your learning and networking outcomes.

Tuesday, 20 April 2021: western region
Areas: Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moorabool and Wyndham.
Panelists: Western Health, Werribee Mercy Health, NorthWestern Mental Health and Odyssey House.

Wednesday, 28 April 2021: central region
Areas: Melbourne, Moonee Valley, Moreland and Yarra
Panelists: The Royal Children’s Hospital, inTouch, Caring Dads and NorthWestern Mental Health.

Thursday, 29 April 2021: northern region
Areas: Brimbank, Darebin, Hume and Macedon Ranges.
Panelists: The Royal Children’s Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Caring Dads and NorthWestern Mental Health.