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Kym receives Domestic Violence Prevention Award

Gold Coast Health Social Worker, Kym Tighe, was recently recognised and celebrated for her advocacy in providing high-quality person-centred support to domestic violence presentations across Gold Coast Health, receiving the Domestic Violence Prevention Award at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre’s annual breakfast.

Kym was recognised for advocating for the safety and well-being of women and children in the local community. She has a strong commitment to engaging in collaborative, non-oppressive work and responses with women, children, and young people on the Gold Coast.

Kym has been a member of the Domestic Violence Integrated Response for over 13 years. She is dedicated to ensuring that victim survivors are seen and heard and that they have a trauma-informed response from the services that work alongside them.

She was responsible for re-igniting the Gold Coast Hospital Fax Back Program and increasing referrals from women in the local community to assist with access to crisis support and safety planning.

Kym has empowered Domestic Violence Prevention Centre advocates to attend Gold Coast University Hospital to safely support women and has worked closely with medical staff to keep women in the hospital for longer to provide time to develop safety strategies.

Kym advocated strongly for the development of the Specialist Domestic Violence role within Queensland Health and was the first person within the state to work in this role. Without Kym’s advocacy, Gold Coast Health would not have two permanent Specialist roles on the Gold Coast that are dedicated to supporting patients who have experienced domestic violence.

One of Kym’s greatest accomplishments during her time at Gold Coast Health is the depth of domestic violence understanding and practices she created for teams, through the evidence-based workshops she developed and delivered across the years, along with adding more processes to high-risk responses within the hospital environment,

Kym is committed to continuous improvement and is generous in sharing her knowledge and wisdom and providing support to advocates and practitioners in the hospital, at the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre.

Congratulations to Kym for this fantastic acknowledgement and for creating high-quality outcomes and a safe welcoming environment for our patients.

Last updated 18 Jun 2024