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Information for members of MEDSAC and NFSS-examining clinicians
Read on below to learn more about our NFSS education programme and accreditation pathway.
A new offence of strangulation/suffocation came into force in New Zealand on the 3rd December 2018 to reflect that strangulation/suffocation is one of the most lethal forms of family violence. Strangulation/suffocation can have significant long and short term psychological and physical impacts. Victims of non-fatal strangulation/strangulation (NFSS) are at a significantly higher risk to serious injury or death when perpetrated by an intimate partner or former intimate partner.
The Ministry of Health has contracted MEDSAC to design and develop a NFSS education and accreditation programme to enable the provision of expert medical forensic assessments of NFSS and expert medico-legal opinions to inform the patients/victims, the NZ Police, and legal counsel engaged in litigation activities resulting from NFSS incidents.
MEDSAC offers a non-fatal strangulation/suffocation education and accreditation programme to train and support doctors and nurses in New Zealand to care for people who have experienced NFSS. This clinical programme is broken down into four modules, access to each module is determined by which category of MEDSAC membership is held.
The four clinical modules are (click on each module for further information):
in an acute care setting e.g., ED, A&M or GP clinic, and have an independent role in the assessment of patients with injuries
as a Police Medical Officer
in a funded Sexual Abuse Assessment and Treatment Service (SAATS)
NFSS Accreditation and NFSS in the Manual (non-member)
Modules one to four above comprise the key components of our non-fatal strangulation/suffocation accreditation pathway, also supported by the NFSS section in the MEDSAC Manual. Membership of MEDSAC is required. Read about our membership types here. Contact the MEDSAC team for more information.