8. Mandatory reporting

If a patient talks about experiencing or perpetrating violence, you may need to report this to Community Services. You have an obligation to report if you believe you have reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of significant harm.

Exposing children to domestic violence can have a serious psychological impact on children. In some cases you may feel there is risk of significant harm to a child even though it seems unlikely that the violent person in their home would physically hurt them. Use your professional judgment about the individual circumstances and the nature of the violence.

Community Services has online resources for mandatory reporters. These include a Mandatory Reporting Guide to assist GPs and other mandatory reporters with making ‘risk of significant harm’ assessments.

 7. Note-taking for legal purposes

9. Immigration family violence provisions