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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.

Joint Symposium 2014 Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, and National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo

Dr Nathan Alkemade, Professor David Forbes and Associate Professor Darryl Wade from ACPMH participated in the annual joint symposium hosted by these partner institutions. The 2014 Melbourne Symposium, held on 19 November and hosted by Professor Ian Everall, was a very successful event. The symposium featured plenaries by Dr Yoshiharu Kim, President, National Information Center of Disaster Mental Health, and Director, Department of Adult Mental Health, National Institute of Mental Health and National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, as well as Dr Tadashi Takeshima, Director Department of Mental Health Policy and Evaluation, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry. The program, which was appreciated by the audience in attendance, consisted of presentations from leading researchers from both Melbourne and Japan organised into two sessions: Disaster and Trauma-Related Mental Health, and Innovation in Mental Health Research. The symposium showcased the depth and breadth of work undertaken by researchers at ACPMH, the Department of Psychiatry, and the National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry.

Consultation and Supervision Service

ACPMH offers consultation and supervision services to practitioners in a range of roles (medical, allied health, counselling, rehabilitation, case management, other) who work with clients with posttraumatic mental health problems.
Available for individuals, groups, and organisations, the supervision service can be delivered in person, or via telephone or Skype.
Enquiries: Associate Professor Darryl Wade, Director of Education and Training (, or Dr Richard Cash, Senior Clinical Specialist (; phone (03) 9035 5599.

Webinar – Vicarious Trauma

1800RESPECT, a national counselling helpline offering 24 hour support to people experiencing sexual assault or domestic violence, hosts a series of free webinars for workers and professionals. ACPMH’s Anne-Laure Couineau recently presented a webinar on Vicarious trauma: Looking after yourself at work. You can access the video and a PDF of the presentation here:

Online Case Formulation Training Program Addresses Complexity of Veterans' Mental Health

ACPMH has partnered with the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) to develop a free, innovative online training program for practitioners who provide treatment to veterans with mental health disorders. The Online Case Formulation Training Program will provide an insight into the unique veteran experience and the specific mental health issues veterans face. It will help practitioners to make better sense of the often complex needs of veterans, and to develop a "road map" for more effective treatment. Find out more here.

See our Health Professionals page for more information.

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:

Trauma-focussed therapy training

  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Adults
  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Children and Adolescents
  • 2015 - Workshop dates and locations now available here.

    2014 - Last workshops for the year are in November. For locations and dates click here.

    Register online now

    Resources for practitioners

    Australian PTSD Treatment Guidelines approved by the NHMRC for practitioners and consumers
    More information
    Screening for PTSD
    More information
    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.