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Silence no more: The mental and physical health consequences of child sexual abuse, and what can be done about it.

27th April 2015, Macquarie University, Sydney


In Australia, up to one in three girls and one in seven boys will be sexually abused in some way, before the age of 18. The impact of this abuse can affect victims, their families and the wider community, potentially for generations. Indeed, there is now a rapidly developing evidence-base that child sexual abuse (CSA) can cause later physical and mental health problems. We also now understand more about how CSA can have these consequences. Yet the research on the impact of child sexual abuse on physical and mental health has not been widely disseminated. As a result, it has been suggested that every day, often unknowingly, healthcare professionals may be seeing patients whose complaints are related to earlier abuse. Clinical care may therefore not be sufficiently 'trauma informed', both in the way it is delivered as well as the type of service available.

This conference will focus on the potential mental and physical health impacts of child sexual abuse, and will highlight what can be done to help survivors. Speakers will also address what trauma-informed services are available, as well as how CSA may be prevented from occurring in the first place.


The final program is now available. Sessions will focus on:

  • Survivor's perspectives
  • Epidemiology
  • Mental health impacts
  • Physical health impacts
  • Psychological and psychiatric support for survivors
  • Prevention
  • The law
  • Expert roundtable discussion



Registrations for this event are now closed, due to all available places being booked.

If you would like to be placed on a reserve list, in case any registered participants cancel, please email Dr McCarthy-Jones via

Lunch will be provided for registered attendees, along with tea and coffee.


Level 3, Campus Hub, C10A, Macquarie University.



We recommend taking public transport to the conference, Macquarie University has a train stop right outside the university, on the Northern Line).

Limited parking is available in car parks W4, X3 and X4. If you require parking, please note this when completing your registration, and you will be sent a "Special Event Parking Permit" which you will need to display on your dashboard. Please see the Campus Map for the locations of these car parks on campus.

Conference Conveners

  • This conference is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under the Mental Health Conference Funding Program, which is managed by the Mental Health Council of Australia.
  • Macquarie University and its ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders have also kindly provided funding for this event.


Dr Simon McCarthy-Jones

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