The impact of violence on the physical and mental health of individuals, families and communities can be severe and far-reaching. There are many different kinds of violence. It may be from person to person or self-inflicted. It may be physical, sexual or verbal abuse, harassment, bullying or discrimination. Violence does not 'belong' to any one community, culture or group of people in Australia. It affects people of all ages and all backgrounds.
Resources for coping with the effects of violence are limited, particularly in rural and remote Australia.
The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has developed a manual, When it's right in front of you: Assisting health care workers to manage the effects of violence in rural and remote Australia for health care workers, managers and employer organisations in rural and remote Australia. The manual has been designed to assist them prepare for and respond to violence in ways that will minimise its impact.
The manual was prepared by a working party of the NHMRC Health Advisory Committee and is based on a review of literature on the epidemiology of violence and resources relevant to the management of violence by health care workers in rural and remote Australia.
The manual was the subject of extensive consultation including conference and seminar presentations, a request for public submissions, and a workshop involving practitioners with experience in rural health care.