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Canberra Hospital - Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)
FAMSAC provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have been sexually assaulted. There are many issues that may concern the person following a sexual assault. These include:
- Health care matters: We offer assessment and medical management of acute injury, discussion of risk and consideration of prophylaxis against pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. We offer baseline and follow up screening for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. We also offer early review of evolving musculoskeletal and genital injury.
- Psychological support: The acute and ongoing needs of sexual assault survivors are wide-ranging. We work closely with the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre who provide a 24-hour on-call service via phone: 62472525. CRCC provide attendance at forensic medical examination and offer follow up care.
- Legal Process: Any medical practitioner may be asked to attend court in a sexual assault matter. All doctors and nurses who work in FAMSAC attend regular updated education sessions in order to be well informed with the legal, medical and psychological aspects of sexual assault. All FAMSAC clinical staff conduct forensic medical examinations, maintain chain of custody procedures, prepare legal reports and are able to present evidence in court in the role of the expert witness as required.
- Forensic and Medical Sexual Assault Care (FAMSAC)
FAMSAC provides forensic and medical sexual assault care to people who have been sexually assaulted. A forensic medical examination may be conducted up to 5 days after a sexual assault.
Emergency contraception is extremely efficacious if given within 48 hours of unprotected sex. It may be given up to 120 hours after unprotected sex.
Medical examination is offered to all FAMSAC clients in day time hours. In addition forensic examination can be conducted if the client presents within the appropriate time frame. Forensic specimens may be collected and stored at FAMSAC for a period of 2 weeks after their collection. This gives the client time to make a decision about whether to proceed with the legal pathway.
Ideally people who have been sexually assaulted should be seen as soon as possible after a sexual assault to address these health matters.
FAMSAC provides a 24 hour, 365 day a year on-call service. Access to the on-call doctor is through:
- Canberra Rape Crisis Centre (CRCC) available 24 hours on (02) 6247 2525; or
- Canberra Sexual Health Centre (CSHC) available business hours on (02) 6244 2184, or
- Canberra Hospital switch board available 24 hours on (02) 6244 2222.
|Phone: ||02 5124 2185|
|After hours: ||02 5124 0000|
|Fax: ||02 5124 3009|
|Weekday: ||24 hours - open now as at 6:07 AM EST|
|Weekend: ||24 hours|
|All Public Holidays: ||24 hours|
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