From Monday this week, the PAH turns orange in support of 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence.
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign that takes place each year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day.
Princess Alexandra Hospital Social Worker, Catherine Walsh, said she was proud to see Metro South Health and the PAH come together in support of such a worthy cause.
“Domestic and gender-based violence in Australia is at crisis point with more than one woman, on average, losing their life each week at the hands of their partner.
“Across Metro South Health, gender-based violence is an important issue that affects so many within our community,” she said.
This year, funds raised go towards Brisbane Domestic Violence Service, the only 24hour Queensland service providing support for victims.
“It’s not just about raising awareness, it’s about starting an active conversation amongst our community and pledging that Metro South Health is united to end gender-based violence.
“As a cohort, we are in a unique position to address the health implications that violence has on women.”
Since mid-2016, MSH has made a formal commitment to ensure all survivors of domestic and family violence experience a safe and supportive place at every stage of their outpatient or inpatient care.
“At PAH, we are increasingly able to train frontline staff to recognise the signs of Domestic and Family Violence (DFV), provide an empathic response, and know where to refer both within the hospital and within the wider community.
“At risk patients are offered access to comprehensive safety assessment by one of our Social Workers, referral to legal services. Specifically, Women’s Legal Service Queensland via the Health Justice Partnership or OPALS, the Older Peoples Advocacy and Legal Service that was introduced a few months ago.”
Across PAH, there are currently 85 recognised DFV Champions who have completed tailored training to support both staff and patients across the hospital.
“We continue to work internally and with community agencies to provide a safe place and play an increasingly active role with complex domestic violence cases whereby women and children are at risk of lethality,” she said.