Training Overview

Unique training and accreditation

MEDSAC trains nurses and doctors working in sexual assault assessment and treatment throughout New Zealand. The clinicians trained by MEDSAC are the primary providers of forensic and medical sexual assault care.

Our courses attract applicants from throughout Australasia. To apply for a place in the next intake, please complete the applicable Expression of Interest.

The following courses are provided once a year:

Initial & Refresher Training Description Location
Puawaitahi, Starship Hospital and MEDSAC Paediatric Training Course on the Medical Assessment of Sexually Abused Children and Adolescents A comprehensive multi-disciplinary course for clinicians wanting to gain competence, or to have an update, in the medical assessment of children and young people affected by sexual abuse/assault. Auckland
Medical/Forensic Management of Adult Sexual Assault
A course for clinicians to learn the skills of medical examinations for adults affected by sexual assault/abuse for the purposes of working under the Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service (SAATS) Contract. Auckland

You need to complete one of the above training courses to become a fully accredited member of MEDSAC. Click for more details on our accreditation pathway.
Advanced Training Description Location
National Medical Forensic Update & Case/Practice Review Meeting A conference-style course for clinicians who have attended previous MEDSAC medical training courses (or equivalent) and who are currently seeing referred patients for alleged sexual assault/abuse. This conference provides opportunity for peer review of cases. Wellington

The Ministry of Health also contracts MEDSAC to offer a free training programme on the Recognition and Response to Partner Abuse , which is useful for General Practice team members, Sexual Health Clinic staff, Obstetricians and Gynaecology professionals, and other health groups not covered by a different contract. If you want to discuss this or arrange this for your team, please contact us at the National Office.

MEDSAC regularly hosts International Speakers delivering lectures for all professionals involved in meeting the needs of people affected by sexual assault/abuse including social workers, psychologists, counsellors, doctors, and nurses.

For further details on upcoming courses, see our Training calendar .