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Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care

Doctors for Sexual Abuse care Incorporated (DSAC) is a national organisation of doctors and nurses formed to develop and maintain standards of best practice in the delivery of medical and forensic services in New Zealand in the area of sexual assault/abuse. Its membership includes doctors and nurses with skills and experience from many disciplines working in the area of sexual assault/abuse care and forensic medicine.

DSAC is the only professional medical body that provides training and an accreditation system for the medical forensic response to sexual assault/abuse in New Zealand. DSAC trained and accredited doctors are the primary providers of acute forensic sexual assault/abuse medical care and followup throughout the country.

DSAC has successfully developed and maintained medical forensic training programs, peer reviews and national update programs, which reflect internationally recognised standards of best practice. These training programs form the basis for DSAC's education and accreditation process of clinicians engaged in the medical and forensic management of sexual assault and child sexual abuse or assault, including medico-legal process.

DSAC has become the acknowledged NZ expert body in sexual assault/abuse medicine and is recognised as such by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and New Zealand Police, as well as by the NZ Justice system, Health and Disability Commissioner and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.

The DSAC Manual "The Medical Management of Sexual Assault" is a key resource for practitioners, NZ Police and the legal fraternity.

DSAC Courses

Initial and Refresher Training Dates Details
Medical Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents 8 - 11 March 2016 Read More
Medical/Forensic Management of Adult Sexual Assault 13 - 15 May 2016 Read More
DSAC Annual Update Dates Details
Annual Update Wellington 14-16 October 2016 TBA