Cedar Health Service
Cedar Health Service: Inclusive domestic and family violence healthcare provides holistic care and support to people 16 years and over who have been subjected to abusive and unsafe behaviour from a partner or ex-partner.
At Cedar Health Service, we believe everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. We support our consumers by providing free specialised healthcare to address the health impacts of domestic and family violence.
Our service is inclusive and open to people, regardless of the gender identity or sexual orientation or cultural/linguistic background.
Health impacts of domestic and family violence
Intimate relationships that are unsafe and abusive can impact on a victim/survivors’s physical and psychological health.
Domestic and family violence can result in:
- Depression / Anxiety
- Physical injuries
- A sense of despair / hopelessness
- Alcohol / drug misuse
- Not being able to have health checks.
How Cedar Health Service can help
Cedar Health Service aims to provide high-quality, safe healthcare that is person centred and supports people to make their own choices about their health and wellbeing.
Our service includes Aboriginal clinical healthcare workers, doctors, nurses and social workers, supported by an administration team.
Among the services we provide are:
- Comprehensive medical care
- Health checks and assessment
- Holistic health and safety assessments
- Health planning and referral through nurse clinics
- Social Work counselling
- Aboriginal Clinical Healthcare
- Culturally safe healthcare (in collaboration with Medical, Nursing and Social Work)
- Culturally sensitive group programs
From Tuesday 5 September, a new nurse drop-in clinic will be accessible at Port Adelaide, every Tuesday morning from 9.30am – 12noon.
The nurse drop-in clinic is for anyone who may be worried about their health and wellbeing or their sexual health as a result of living in domestic and family violence or being in an unsafe relationship.
What is domestic and family violence?
Domestic and family violence also known as intimate partner violence (abuse) is a leading contributor to disease and premature death in the South Australian community.
It can occur in many different ways including:
• An incident or pattern of behaviour by an intimate partner (or ex-partner) that causes harm (physical, sexual, psychological).
• Coercive control – a pattern of behaviour that controls the lives of victims/survivors and can include isolation, stalking, monitoring, threats, humiliation and financial abuse.
Domestic and family violence is common and affects people of all ages, abilities, sexuality, gender and socio-cultural backgrounds.
Domestic and family violence is never okay and never the fault of victims/survivors.
To speak with a nurse or social worker about Cedar Health Service, please call us Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. If Cedar Health Service is not the right service for you, we can arrange referrals to other services to meet your needs.