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Effects of family violence on children: Lessons and questions from the clinical coalface

Professor Dawn Elder, University of Otago, Wellington


Family violence is endemic in New Zealand. Epidemiological studies can examine this problem from a public health perspective. More specific research helps us to understand different facets of child behaviour and the effects of child abuse on adult outcomes. This presentation will discuss cases drawn from clinical experience from which we can learn many lessons and which lead us to some important questions that still remain to be answered. The presentation will illustrate the effects of family violence on children and the inequity in service provision for these children in New Zealand.

Professor Dawn Elder is Head of Department for Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Otago, Wellington. Dawn has clinical specialist qualifications in both neonatal and paediatric sleep medicine and also works in child protection with particular expertise in child sexual abuse. Her research interests include assessment of sleep and breathing in preterm and term infants and children and cause of perinatal death and sudden unexplained death in infancy. She is currently the clinical lead of the Child Protection Clinical Network of the Paediatric Society of New Zealand.

Date Monday, 29 October 2018
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar

William James Seminar Room 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus

Contact Name

Norma Bartlett

Contact Phone+64 3 479 7644

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