Who is leading the change
- Department of Health and Human Services
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and psychologist and drug and alcohol service peak bodies collaborate to develop a database of psychiatrists, psychologists, drug and alcohol practitioners and any other professionals with expertise in family violence to help general practitioners when making referrals.
To collaborate on this recommendation, a working group has been established, which is made up of representatives from the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian Psychological Society, the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association and North Western Primary Health Network, the operator of Health Pathways (an online GP referral system).
A 'family violence' service category has been created in the National Health Services Directory, an online directory of health services and resources for health professionals and consumers. Correspondence has been sent to all Victorian service providers listed in this directory to invite psychiatrists, psychologists and drug and alcohol practitioners specialising in family violence to select this new service category. This will make it easier for general practitioners to make referrals to professionals that identify as having expertise in family violence. The working group also agreed to modify the Health Pathways platform to provide a portal to existing practitioner databases, as well as intake information for alcohol and other drug services and family violence services.
While this recommendation has been implemented subject to Implementation Monitor review, further work is underway to consider quality assurance mechanisms to ensure these databases remain up-to-date and a valuable resource for general practitioner referrals.
Reviewed 17 May 2020