Hear Me, Connect, Help Me Heal: WITH study exhibition

Left to right: Michele Robinson, ANROWS Director, Evidence to Action, Heather Nancarrow, ANROWS CEO, Lisa Dunlop, Acting CEO, Royal Women's Hospital, Amanda Wallace, Kelsey Hegarty, University of Melbourne, Mayet Costello, ANROWS Director, Research Program

The Knowledge Translation Exhibition based on the WITH Study, “Hear Me, Connect, Help Me Heal” was officially launched at The Royal Women’s Hospital (The Women’s) on 23 May 2017 by Amanda Wallace. The event was hosted by ANROWS and The Women’s and was attended by practitioners, researchers, survivors, and a range of others. The exhibition features large panels installed in the foyer of The Women’s showcasing photographs and quotes from health practitioners about delivering trauma‐informed care for women experiencing sexual violence and mental health issues. The digital stories created by survivors from an earlier phase of the WITH Study are also featured in the exhibition. A roundtable discussion facilitated by Professor Hegarty attended by 26 health practitioners, including health practitioners and managers from a range of health sector settings; University of Melbourne; UNSW; Australian Government Department of Social Services; Department of Health and Human Services and ANROWS representatives explored the challenges and impact of trauma informed care, including the requirement to evaluate new interventions, strategies and work practices past pilot phase and the tools and funding required/available to do this.

The exhibition can be viewed at the NAHERC, Level 5 (North), Royal Melbourne Hospital, Grattan Street Parkville VIC 3050 and will remain in Melbourne for a period of 4 weeks. During this time the project team will be surveying people viewing the exhibition to explore the impact on the public. A short iPad survey has been designed for this purpose and data collection has commenced. At the end of the survey there is a section for survivors to express interest in participating in an interview with a member of the project team regarding their experiences viewing the exhibition.

The knowledge translation exhibition will be supported in three jurisdictions. The Royal Women’s Hospital in Brisbane is booked to host the exhibition from 1 August and discussions are underway for the exhibition and roundtable to occur in South Australia. Following the launch at the Women’s representatives of The Western and Ballarat hospitals in regional Victoria advised they were keen to host the exhibition at their sites. 

Information about future events will be advised on the ANROWS website and in our Notepad newsletter.