About MEDSAC

Experts in sexual abuse medicine

MEDSAC is the acknowledged New Zealand expert body in sexual assault/abuse medicine. It is recognised as such by the Ministry of Health, Accident Compensation Corporation and New Zealand Police, as well as by the Health and Disability Commissioner and international bodies such as the World Health Organisation.

We are an incorporated society and registered charity with over 190 expert clinician members.

Why we do what we do

Our purpose is to improve the wellbeing of all people affected by sexual assault or abuse.

Our ambition

We are committed to ensuring that people affected by sexual assault/abuse have equitable and timely access to appropriate high quality medical care and medico-legal services.

History

In 1988, a group of New Zealand clinicians committed to addressing the needs of people affected by sexual assault and abuse started Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC). In its early years, members from diverse disciplines shaped DSAC into a respected professional body. Since that time, it has grown and diversified, and now has over 190 expert clinician members, from all regions of New Zealand.

In November 2006, DSAC played an integral role in the development of the new Sexual Abuse and Assessment Treatment Service (SAATS). Clinicians working within SAATS provide the medical care and forensic examinations for any person who may have experienced sexual assault or abuse. DSAC (recently renamed MEDSAC) remains the key medical forensic advisor to these services, and provides the training, accreditation and support of the clinicians working within them.

Why the name change?

In recent years, MEDSAC has grown to include a wider group of healthcare professionals with clinical experience in many disciplines, including nursing, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, and sexual healthcare.

This led to a new name and identity, reflective of our vibrant, diverse and growing membership.

DSAC was renamed Medical Sexual Assault Clinicians Aotearoa, or MEDSAC, in 2017.