In recognition of Domestic Violence being one of six College advocacy areas and following the release of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Domestic Violence, the NSW State Committee was proud to host an event at the NSW state office in April 2016, inviting key experts for a discussion about DV and exploring areas of collaboration between key stakeholders.
Panellists included Justice Tom Bathurst (Chief Justice NSW Supreme Court), Mr Michael Fuller (Assistant Police Commissioner NSW), Rosie Batty (2015 Australian of the year), Dr Mary Langcake (NSW RACS Chair), Moo Baulch (CEO DV NSW) and Prof Cathy Humphreys (Prof Social Work). Others also contributing to the discussion were Dr Elizabeth Hindmarsh (RACGP and co-author of the white book), Fiona Davies (CEO AMA), Libby Davies (CEO White Ribbon), Dr John Crozier (RACS Councillor and Federal Chair of Trauma), Prof Tony Eyers (RACS representative on NSW Medical Council and Professor of Ethics in Surgery and Medicine). The event was the start of many conversations the State Committee have had with key stakeholders into focussing on the recommendations made by the RACS position paper on Domestic Violence.
Following the event, the State Committee wrote to the key stakeholders and NSW Health Ministry recommending collaboration both within different colleges and departments inside health but also other non-health frontline stakeholders, so there is a cohesive approach to addressing this issue. The State Committee further met and reported its activities to the NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner and Minister Pru Goward (Assistant health minister and Minister for prevention of Domestic Violence) again seeking to work with other collaborators.