Non-fatal Strangulation & Suffocation (NFSS)

For Professionals

Non-fatal strangulation and suffocation are common and dangerous forms of intimate partner violence and are an offence in Aotearoa New Zealand.

MEDSAC provides leading professional training and accreditation for medical practitioners in best-practice medical management of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation.

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Non-Fatal Strangulation and Suffocation Training Programme

Access to the training is managed by MEDSAC membership entitlement/status and qualifications. Please select the group relevant to you. If you are not currently a member, click here to apply.

1
Group Tahi:
Introduction
People interested in a general awareness of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation.

Membership of MEDSAC is not required.

2
Group Rua:
Intermediate
Registered Doctors & Nurses working in acute care settings (e.g. ED, A&M or GP clinics) who currently have an independent role in the assessment of patients with injuries, including those who may have experienced NFSS. 

Membership of MEDSAC is required (conditions apply).

3
Group Toru:
Advanced
Registered Doctors & Nurses, on a MEDSAC accreditation pathway, working in funded sexual abuse assessment and treatment services (SAATS) and Police Medical Officers, who have an expert role in assessing patients who have experienced NFSS.

Membership of MEDSAC is required (conditions apply).

4
Group Wha:
Expert
Registered Doctors & Nurses, who are MEDSAC accredited, working in funded sexual abuse assessment and treatment services (SAATS) and Police Medical Officers, who have an expert role in assessing patients who have experienced NFSS.

Membership of MEDSAC is required (conditions apply).