Research has found that women staying in mental health inpatient units experience gender-based violence in many forms perpetrated by other patients, intimate partners and ex-partners, and staff. The physical environment and some treatment processes can also contribute to women feeling unsafe during their inpatient stays.

Drawing on findings from ANROWS research led by Dr Juliet Watson of RMIT University titled ‘Preventing gender-based violence in mental health inpatient units’, this panel of advocates, researchers and practitioners will discuss:
- women’s experiences of gender-based violence in inpatient mental health units
- how current practices are not keeping women safe
- what changes can be made to improve mental health inpatient services.


  • Dr Juliet Watson — RMIT University
  • Professor Jayashri Kulkarni — Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc)
  • Vrinda Edan — University of Melbourne
  • Charlotte Jones — Mental Health Legal Centre in Victoria
  • Professor Penelope Weller — RMIT University

Eligibility criteria

This webinar is designed for:
- policymakers and practitioners working in mental health services
- practitioners who work with women who have accessed mental health inpatient units

Categories: Diversity
Disciplines: Allied Health, Lived Experience Workforce, Medical, Nursing, Other
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Infant, Youth, Adult

Monday 23 March 2020
13:00 to 14:00
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Attending this webinar earns 1 continuing professional education (CPE) point from the following organisations:
- Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
- Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)

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