The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has endorsed new guidelines developed by Adults Surviving Child Abuse which focus on the way in which GPs treat abuse victims.

The primary objective of the guidelines is to highlight the need for medical practitioner culture and practice to be sensitive to the needs of complex trauma victims. The guidelines aim to assist GPs in responding to trauma, particularly when disclosed by children. In the broader sense, they are designed to assist in clinical practice in health and human service settings.

The guidelines have been tailored to combat the significant increase in reporting and incidences of abuse in children since the commencement of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse.

To view the guidelines, click here.