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Host: Mark Aitken | Guest: Rachael Pallenberg | Duration: 39:36 | Published: 21 May 2021

Tags: Nurse Health, Midwife Health, Mental Health, Wellbeing, Family Violence, Domestic Violence

Family violence is a distressing problem in Australian society. Everyone has a role in eradicating family violence and its impact on victim survivors and society in general.

In this podcast, Rachael Pallenberg shares her knowledge, experience, wisdom and resources in relation to the complex issue that is family violence. We assist to answer the question: “Have you ever wondered why NMHPV has a focus on family violence?” Furthermore, we provide you with a range of information, resources and supports.

NMHPV recognises that family violence has a direct and indirect impact on nurses, midwives and students. You may be experiencing family violence or have experienced family violence, know someone experiencing family violence and/or cared for those experiencing family violence.

The NMHPV team is committed to supporting those experiencing family violence and its impact. Our team has been specifically educated to support nurses, midwives and students experiencing family violence.

If this podcast raises any issues or concerns for you, please call us on 9415 7551 from 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email: admin@nmhp.org.au

About our Guest: Rachael Pallenberg

Rachael is an experienced manager, practitioner and consultant who has been employed in the heath and community services sector for over 30 years. She has worked primarily in family violence and sexual assault support services and prevention programs in service delivery and leadership roles. In addition, Rachael has had a long career in quality and risk management roles and is an experienced accreditation assessor/surveyor.

Rachael has a passion and commitment to addressing issues of inequality and enjoys working to assist organisations to improve their responses to family violence, as well as advocating for and supporting diverse and under-represented communities.

Rachael currently works with Nursing and Midwifery Health Program Victoria as Quality and Safety Co-ordinator. She leads the Strengthening Responses to Family Violence Project, which focuses on capability building, systems advocacy, policy reform and development of service delivery practice.

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Research Article: Victorian maternal and child health nurses’ family violence practices and training needs: a cross-sectional analysis of routine data. Published: 10 September 2020.


BMC Women's Health

Research Article: “It happens to clinicians too”: an Australian prevalence study of intimate partner and family violence against health professionals. Published: 26 June 2018.


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story. Published: 2019.


Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV)

A state-wide specialist family violence organisation, DVRCV adopts a dual approach towards ending violence, focusing on effectively responding but also on prevention.


Free training: Family Violence Foundations

Highly recommended as base family violence training suitable for nurses and midwives.


Specialist training courses


Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS)

A not-for-profit independent national research organisation, ANROWS is an initiative of Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).


Our Watch

A national leader in the primary prevention of violence against women and their children in Australia. It produces free research-based tools and resources to help others embed gender equality and prevent violence in settings like education, workplaces, sporting clubs and the media.


SBS, See What You Made Me Do

A 3-part documentary series that explores domestic abuse and examines the fine lines between love, abuse and power.


Safe Steps

Victoria’s 24/7 Family Violence Response Centre - For immediate specialist crisis support services for anyone in Victoria who is experiencing family violence, call 1800 015 188.


Candlelight Vigil on May 5 to remember those who have died as a result of family violence



Open 24 hours to support people impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence and abuse. For confidential information, counselling and support, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732).


Sexual Assault Crisis Line Victoria (SACL)

A state-wide, after-hours, confidential, telephone crisis counselling service for victim/survivors of both past and recent sexual assault. For support and assistance following a sexual assault, call 1800 806 292 - Free call Victoria, Australia.


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