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FOR5002 - Sexual assault nursing II

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Angela Williams


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Off-campus)


It is intended that this unit will provide the foundations to understanding adult sexual assault nursing alongside the unit FOR5001. Together these units will give the sexual assault nurse a broad understanding of managing adult sexual assault in their community. The unit is divided into key themes surrounding examination findings, specimen collection, therapeutics medicolegal issues, interagency liaison and developing a sexual assault service. Group and student-student facilitated learning is encouraged as students engage each other, exchange opinions and offer/receive peer review. The unit explores best practice models from national and international resources and requires the student to critically evaluate these and other journal articles provided. A national and international focus is maintained throughout as the student gains skills adaptable to professional opportunities interstate and overseas.


Upon completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Identify, classify and interpret both body and genital injuries sustained by a sexual assault victim;
  2. Understand the incidence and prevalence of injury patterns;
  3. Develop a sound knowledge basis of the science and philosophy behind collecting forensic specimens as well as being able to practise competent and proficient collection techniques;
  4. Apply best practice evidence based medicine when evaluating for, preventing and treating injuries, sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy alongside other issues in therapeutically managing a sexual assault victim;
  5. Communicate effectively with other agencies involved in the management of a sexual assault case including the handling of sensitive information;
  6. Identify special circumstances in which sexual assault occurs and be able to teach and responding to community attitudes surrounding these issues;
  7. Critically analyse the role of the health professional in a sexual assault case and the complexities associated with this role; and
  8. Apply the knowledge and skills gained from the combination of this and the prerequisite unit to aid in the establishment of a high quality 24 hour service to deal with sexual assault cases.


Workbook Activities (20%)
Online Discussion (10%)
Case Presentations (20%)
Residential Participation (10%)
Case Study (40%)



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