School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Field of Research:
Medical and Health Sciences
Professor Annabel Taylor; Dr Silke Meyer; Mr Mark Scott
Doctor of Philosophy
Exploring Emergency Practices Within Domestic Violence Healthcare Provision: A Grounded Theory Study within Regional Queensland Hospitals
Domestic Violence has become a major concern within Australia. So much so, that there is a National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. This plan places a clear emphasis on the provision of holistic services such as those in healthcare. Healthcare professionals within the Emergency Department are often the first point of contact for women experiencing DV and therefore the need to provide optimal care within this environment is vital. The purpose of this study is to understand the processes a healthcare professional experiences in providing care to women presenting as a result of DV to emergency departments in regional Queensland hospitals. This will employ a Straussian approach to grounded theory methodology.
Why my research is important/Impacts
The Queensland Government identified Health Priorities for investment which recommended “identifying service models to provide immediate access to specialised domestic and family support and referral services in public and private maternity services and emergency departments (2016, p.8).” Yet, no current model exists to guide nursing care provision to people presenting to emergency departments because of DV. This study will provide a visual model of ED care provision to this patient population and provide a deeper understanding of the processes involved. Furthermore, this research will allow the determination of: (1) nursing, and medical staff and social worker knowledge gaps, (2) care inconsistencies and (3) healthcare service barriers and enablers within the ED that contribute to the experience of providing care to patients presenting because of DV.