KEEPING WOMEN SAFE   IN MIXED PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT UNITS: DEVELOPING A GENDER-SENSITIVE WORKFORCE IN VICTORIA

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KEEPING WOMEN SAFE IN MIXED PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT UNITS: DEVELOPING A GENDER-SENSITIVE WORKFORCE IN VICTORIA

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1. KEEPING WOMEN SAFE… IN MIXED PSYCHIATRIC INPATIENT UNITS: DEVELOPING A GENDER-SENSITIVE WORKFORCE IN VICTORIA Jude Stamp, Julie Dempsey & Anne Holland Strength to Strength Conference 2011 VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

2. We see every day that the world isn’t a safe placeWe see every day that the world isn’t a safe place

3. We can’t keep all women safe- this doesn’t mean that they don’t have the right to be safe and that as workers we don’t have an obligation to ensure safety. Can’t control earthquakes but some things are in our control.We can’t keep all women safe- this doesn’t mean that they don’t have the right to be safe and that as workers we don’t have an obligation to ensure safety. Can’t control earthquakes but some things are in our control.

4. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria In this presentation we will Provide you with Background Information Listen to Consumers Experience Discuss the Role of workers in keeping women safe Give you some Contacts and Resources VWMHN:AH:JS:JD This isn’t a horror show. We will look at the issue of womens safety from the consumer perspective. Its important to see how it feels from that point of view. Not just about women. Keeping women safe means men are kept safe too.This isn’t a horror show. We will look at the issue of womens safety from the consumer perspective. Its important to see how it feels from that point of view. Not just about women. Keeping women safe means men are kept safe too.

5. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria By the end of this presentation we hope you will Be aware of issues for women who are users of mental health services 2. Think about strategies to support and advocate for all women who are vulnerable and in need of care 3. Act and respond to the needs of women who have had unsafe experiences while in psychiatric in-patient or other facilities. VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

6. KEEPING WOMEN SAFE… Jude Stamp, Julie Dempsey & Anne Holland Strength to Strength Conference 2011 VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Lets go back to the beginning. In Australia, we live in a very safety conscious environment. We are aware so when people are unsafe, we put strategies in place to address safety issues and have strict rules and regulations..Lets go back to the beginning. In Australia, we live in a very safety conscious environment. We are aware so when people are unsafe, we put strategies in place to address safety issues and have strict rules and regulations..

7. …LITERALLY VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Couldn’t go onto a building site, climb a mountain, ride a horse, go for a swim, or even work in community services without many rules to keep people safeCouldn’t go onto a building site, climb a mountain, ride a horse, go for a swim, or even work in community services without many rules to keep people safe

8. SAFETY SELLS VWMHN:AH:JS:JD And for a good causeAnd for a good cause

9. WE’RE SELLING TOO VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Personal safety is an individual thing. We all have the right to be safe in our own way – men and women wherever we are. Even when we have a disability or are psychiatrically unwell and unable to make good decisions for ourselves. Its not negotiable or conditional. We expect those caring for us to make the best safety decisions on our behalf. It is a part of duty of care. The question is not why is this still happening but more why has it taken so long to get on the agenda and start to be addressed. Personal safety is an individual thing. We all have the right to be safe in our own way – men and women wherever we are. Even when we have a disability or are psychiatrically unwell and unable to make good decisions for ourselves. Its not negotiable or conditional. We expect those caring for us to make the best safety decisions on our behalf. It is a part of duty of care. The question is not why is this still happening but more why has it taken so long to get on the agenda and start to be addressed.

10. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Victorian Women and Mental Health Network Since 1988, Statewide Representative across sector – consumers, carers, public mental health, PDRSS, community and academic agencies Purpose to promote Awareness of the issues Development of women-sensitive services Partnerships in recovery Responsive services VWMHN:AH:JS:JD So to start a bit of background. So to start a bit of background.

11. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Gender Sensitivity and Safety Project from 2005 Survey of consumers, carers and workers re gender safety concerns in psychiatric in-patient units “Listening Events” across state in PDRSS Meetings with Mental Health Branch and politicians including postcard campaigns 2007 and 2010 Development and delivery of training to mental health services VWMHN:AH:JS:JD But its not new - When I first started working in mental health – 1976 – and even as a student. Sex and cigarettes were the currency. Recently – new no smoking rules – smoking and drugs on footpath – sex again the currency. Have we gone backwards But its not new - When I first started working in mental health – 1976 – and even as a student. Sex and cigarettes were the currency. Recently – new no smoking rules – smoking and drugs on footpath – sex again the currency. Have we gone backwards

12. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Julies Story VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Introduce Julie – who will speak for herself Introduce Julie – who will speak for herself

13. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Both as an in-patient and as a visitor experiencing Intrusive and sexually inappropriate behaviour Verbal, Physical and Sexual assault Vulnerability Lack of support from staff Important support from other consumers VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

14. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Change is possible Even small things can make a difference VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Northern pyjamasNorthern pyjamas

15. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Jude’s Story VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Judes perspective. Every woman will have a different storyJudes perspective. Every woman will have a different story

16. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria What Women Want Respect and Empathy To be Listened to and Believed Collaborative Care - Providing Continuity and Consistency Advocacy and Support Less Jargon, More Compassionate Communication VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

17. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Why is this relevant to you in the disability sector? Broader than support for women with mental illness or psychiatric disability VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

18. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Women in institutional settings have greater vulnerability to violence and/or mental health problems (DHS 2001) Women with a disability have been identified as being at particularly high risk of violence, with greater risk of sexual assault than the mainstream community (Sobsey&Doe 1991)

19. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria What is the role of agencies in keeping women safe? What is your role in keeping women safe? What will assist you in your role to keep women safe? VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

20. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria What could change in your workplace to support women? What could you change in the way you work to support women? VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

21. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Resources: Publications “Nowhere to be Safe” booklet (2008) Available on-line “Gathering Information about Clinical Mental Health Service Initiatives” Report (VWMHN 2009) Available from Vicserv “Feeling Unsafe in a Sanctuary” (VMIAC 2008) Available from VMIAC VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

22. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Resources: Victorian Policies and Initiatives Tailoring Services To Meet the Needs of Women (DHS 1997) The Gender Sensitivity and Safety in Adult Acute Inpatient Units Project (DHS – MH&D 2008) Environmental Upgrades Grant Safety Audit www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/gender-sensitivity VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Upgrades funding ongoingUpgrades funding ongoing

23. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Resources: Victorian State Policies and Initiatives “Promoting Sexual Safety, Responding to Sexual Activity, and Managing Allegations of Sexual Assault in Adult Acute In-Patient Units” Chief Psychiatrists Guideline (DH 2009) www.health.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth/cpg Clinical Practice Guidelines – currently being developed

24. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Resources: Victorian State Policies and Initiatives “Building Partnerships between Mental Health, Family Violence and Sexual Assault Services” (DHS 2006) National Plan to Prevent Violence against Women and their Children (FaHCSIA 2009) VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Womens Health & Well Being Strategy 2010-2014– mental health, domestic violence, sexual health – no sexual safety. Now withdrawnWomens Health & Well Being Strategy 2010-2014– mental health, domestic violence, sexual health – no sexual safety. Now withdrawn

25. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Resources: Training Gender Sensitive Training Now delivered to workers in 40 adult in-patient units (VWMHN 2008-10) CASA Training Calendar (www.casa.org.au) Dealing with Disclosures of Sexual Assault Working with Survivors of Sexual Assault VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

26. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria Contact Details Victorian Women and Mental Health Network E-mail: [email protected] Project Officer: Cheryl Sullivan 0417386706 VWMHN:AH:JS:JD

27. Keeping Women Safe in Mixed Psychiatric In-Patient Units: Developing a Gender Sensitive Workforce in Victoria VWMHN:AH:JS:JD Safety doesn’t just happen - it needs care Safety doesn’t just happen - it needs care

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