Awareness education for the general public and professional training and accreditation for doctors and nurses in best-practice medical management of non-fatal strangulation/suffocation
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.
We offer a non-clinical education module, available to the general public, and clinical modules for clinicians (doctors and nurses).
For existing members of MEDSAC, click on the button below to see the courses that you are authorised to complete.
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:
An introduction to non-fatal strangulation and suffocation in the New Zealand context
Injury documentation and interpretation: non-fatal strangulation and suffocation
Expert report writing for cases involving non-fatal strangulation and suffocation
Forensic medical assessment and treatment of non-fatal strangulation and suffocation
Clinical module access criteria
You are entitled to access at least one of these modules if you are a registered doctor or nurse working in New Zealand:
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)