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Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne undertakes world class trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. Our innovative services help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.

Coping with the impact of natural disasters

A bushfire, flood, or other natural disaster, such as the recent bushfires in VIctoria and South Australia, can have a profound impact on the people involved, either because they have been directly at risk or because they have witnessed the destruction, death or injuries caused by such events.Emergency service personnel, other workers and volunteers may also be affected. A disaster can have emotional consequences for anyone nearby who felt threatened or thought that someone close to them may have been killed or injured. The media coverage may also reactivate painful memories of a similar event from the past.

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18th ACOTS 2014

Trauma and Conflict: Globally, Locally 

September 11-13 2014, Pullman Hotel, Melbourne

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The Australasian Conference On Traumatic Stress (ACOTS) is a collaboration between ACPMH and the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS).

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr Charles Hoge, Dr Paul Bolton, Professor Derrick Silove

Call for papers has been extended - deadline for submissions is 14 April 2014. Click here to submit a paper, poster or symposium.

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GuidelinesAustralian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Promoting recovery after trauma

Now available - click here for more information


Aproved by the NHMRC, these Guidelines include recommendations for identifying, assessing and treating adults as well as children and adolescents with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder.

A suite of products that accompanies the main Guidelines includes:

Disaster and trauma patients’ mental health to benefit from new GP learning tool

ACPMH has collaborated with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) to develop a unique online learning program for GPs, Managing disaster and trauma-related mental health problems. This program provides GPs access to the latest evidence-based knowledge and skills to provide early support following disaster or trauma, and to effectively recognise and treat posttraumatic mental health problems. Read more here.

See our Health Professionals page for more information.

Trauma-focussed therapy training 2014

  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Adults
  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Children and Adolescents
  • 2014 Training locations and dates click here.

    Register online now

    Resources for practitioners

    Australian PTSD Treatment Guidelines approved by the NHMRC for practitioners and consumers
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    Screening for PTSD
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    Research articles Click here
    Internationally endorsed Conducting Imaginal Exposure in PTSD (clinician manual and DVD) More information

    ACPMH does not provide direct clinical care. Please go to find help for information on counselling and treatment.