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With 50 cases of sexual violence occurring in aged care each week, Monash University Nursing and Midwifery is instigating an online course on preventing unwanted sexual behaviour in the sector.

According to the university, there were 588 submissions of sexual assault to the Royal Commission, yet no single specialised or specific recommendation was made on this issue, despite the Commission labelling it “a national shame”.

In response to the prevalence of sexual violence in aged care, the university has developed a short online course to give the skills and confidence to prevent and manage incidents of unwanted sexual behaviour within a best practice approach.

Delivered by Professor Joseph Ibrahim, Head of Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, and Monash Nursing and Midwifery, the course’s learning modules will cover; definitions, risk factors, detection and management skills, as well as prevention strategies and legalities.

“This course will equip nurses to make a difference. Prevent and protect older people who are in your care from sexual violence. Take the course as your first step towards preventing and managing the 50 cases occurring every week.” Professor Ibrahim said.

 The training course, specifically designed for nurses employed in residential aged care services, is interactive and self-guided, requiring six hours of study over three weeks.

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