In this paper, originally published on the CEPOL Europe website, our own Professor Bettina Pflederer, has issued this important paper, titled: View of The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence. We are very proud of Professor Pflederer’s work and thank her for her immense commitment to fight against violence against women and girls.
For victims of domestic violence, medical problems in the short-term are injuries and in the long-term health issues such as mental health problems, consequences of untreated sexual
transmitted diseases or stress-related health issues evolving from the abuse they’ve experienced by a partner or any other family member. This inevitably makes victims seek the help of the
medical profession sooner or later. The medical profession is therefore an important stakeholder in the group of frontline responders detecting and intervening domestic abuse.
Unfortunately, the medical profession is often not an active partner in frontline responder networks based on interviews (n = 296) we conducted in the IMPRODOVA project 1. In this article, problems cutting medical professionals out of the networks of frontline responders and reasons why they should be integrated are presented. The paper also discusses what needs to be changed in order to better integrate the medical profession in the circle of frontline responders working against domestic violence.
View the paper here: https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/414/333
Magdalena is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020), National Coordinator AFMW, MWIA Scientific and Research Subcommittee co-Chair, MWIA Mentoring and Leadership, Special Interest Group, Chair
Magdalena’s deep engagements with the RACGP over many years includes chair of Women in General Practice, is currently on the RACGP Expert Committee Quality Care, prior to that on RACGP eHealth Expert Committee. She is a regular media spokesperson on numerous health issues, being interviewed most weeks by mainstream and medical media. Magdalena has represented the RACGP at senate enquiries and has worked on several National Health Framework reviews.
Both an RACGP examiner and University examiner she supervises medical students and undertakes general practice research. Roles outside of RACGP include the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria and Chair of their Strategy and Policy subcommittee and the AMA Victoria GP Network Committee.
Magdalena has presented at the United Nations as part of the Australian Assembly and was recently appointed the Australian representative to the World Health Organisation, World Assembly on COVID 19, by the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA).