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MSD Sexual Harm Service Development Update - 28 November 2017

November 30, 2017 at 4:11 PM


*From the MSD Sexual Harm Service Development Update*


In this issue

National sexual harm helpline

Workshops with service providers coming up

Homecare Medical is now focused on working with sexual harm service providers to set up the ‘Safe to talk’ sexual harm helpline in the Canterbury region.

The approach to the roll-out of the helpline was recently revised to allow time to learn and strengthen new systems before full implementation.

The helpline will go live on 19 February 2018 in Canterbury. Then later it will become a national service on 16 April 2018.

Once fully implemented, ‘Safe to talk’ will provide, for the first time, nationwide 24/7 access to free, confidential information and support to those affected by sexual harm.

A referral pathway workshop is planned for providers in Canterbury on 12 December. Workshops in other areas will take place early next year.

The purpose of the workshops is to work with sector representatives on the referral process to and from the Safe to talk service.

Homecare Medical expanding sexual harm capability

Homecare Medical is expanding its existing sexual harm capability to ensure it will be able to meet the specific needs of callers to the helpline.

Current staffing in this area is led by Dr Siale Foliaki and Dr David Codyre, two senior mental health clinicians, and Dr Kristin Good who is experienced working within ACC sensitive claims. Clinical Director Sharryn Gannon is a registered nurse and has previously overseen health and human service helplines in Australia. Head of Mental Health Services Anne Bateman has considerable experience working with survivors and perpetrators of sexual violence and has clinical expertise with child sexual abuse, adult sexual violence and domestic violence.

Homecare Medical has appointed Kirk Vette as Team Manager to manage the Safe to talk day-to-day operations. He is an experienced family therapist and face-to-face counsellor, with experience in working with clients and families who have been affected by sexual harm. Kirk is an ACC registered counsellor and has worked with men who are perpetrators and also those who are concerned about their sexual thoughts and impulses. The team has been recruiting additional professionally registered staff.

Find out more about the helpline on the Ministry’swebsite.

Sexual harm crisis support services

Update on filling gaps in crisis support services

We’ve been continuing to make progress on filling the geographical gaps in the availability of crisis support services for people who have been affected by sexual harm.

Auckland: The funding recommendations are in the final stages and contract negotiations will follow with the shortlisted providers. This will complete the gaps tender process for Auckland.

Midlands, Central and Southern: Contract negotiations are continuing with the successful providers in these regions. This will complete the gaps tender process for the central region but not for the Midlands and Southern.

Midlands and Southern: We are in the process of confirming the next steps to fill the remaining gaps in these regions. A further update will be available in the next newsletter.

When the contract process has been completed, we will confirm the names of the successful providers.

Evaluation of sexual harm services

Researchers from Malatest International have begun speaking with providers to inform the development of the evaluation plans for specialist sexual harm services funded by the Ministry.

As mentioned previously, Malatest has been contracted by the Ministry to develop evaluation plans for crisis support services, the national sexual harm helpline, harmful sexual behaviour services and services for male survivors of sexual abuse.

The purpose of the planning discussions is to hear from providers about their priorities for the evaluation, to discuss potential sources of information and how they would like to work with the evaluators.

Work will start in the new year on the formative evaluation which will include a survey of frontline staff and interviews with providers. The formative evaluation findings will provide a baseline for the ongoing evaluation and will be used to review and finalise the evaluation plans.

Please feel free to contact Malatest on 0800 002 577 with any questions or email us at

We will provide further updates as this work progresses.

Male survivors' conference

The SSI Conference held in Christchurch was successful with a wide-ranging programme featuring speakers from home and abroad, including former FBI agent and Criminal Minds writer Jim Clemente.

Funding for the conference was provided by ACC and MSD. ACC will be meeting with the Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust (MSSAT) in December to look at the outcomes of the conference and potential next steps.

Further information and conference notes will be made available on the MSSAT website.

MSD spoke at the conference about the adoption of a co-development approach with MSSAT to develop services for male survivors of sexual abuse.

Work is continuing to further develop and support services for male survivors of sexual abuse. A workshop is being held in December to continue the co-development of outcome reporting and measures.

Find out more about this workstream on our website

Harmful sexual behaviour services

Kaupapa Māori HSB Service Pilot

Kaupapa Māori service Korowai Tumanako is currently working with the Ministry and an external evaluator, Sapere Research Group, to develop an outcomes framework for the kaupapa Māori harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) services pilot.

As reported last month, Korowai Tumanako has been awarded the contract to pilot the provision of HSB services for non-mandated adults within a kaupapa Māori framework.

The pilot will be based in Te Atatu, Auckland, with Sapere Research Group partnering with an independent kaupapa Māori researcher to provide an independent evaluation of the pilot.

The pilot and its evaluation will contribute to the evidence base in relation to whānau-violence prevention and intervention programmes, and to the development of an integrated service model.

Find out more about this workstream on our website

Keep up-to-date

The next update will be sent out in December.

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