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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 Bushfires

The recent bushfires may 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. Such disasters can also 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.

More information and helpful fact sheets are available here.

Training - New workshops available in 2015

Helping you support and treat people affected by trauma

  • Psychological First Aid
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Neuropsychological Impact of Trauma
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Adults
  • Trauma-focussed Therapy - Working with Children and Adolescents
  • Further information about all training programs, locations and dates available here.

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    Online training program for GPs: Working with Veterans with Mental Health Problems

    The support for general practitioners to identify and treat Australia’s veterans with mental health issues has been strengthened with the release of a new online training program.

    Veterans’ Affairs Minister, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, has launched a unique online training program for GPs that provides an overview of the mental health issues faced by veterans and will assist GPs to more effectively identify these issues.

    Called Working with Veterans with Mental Health Problems, the one-hour accredited training module was developed for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and is available to GPs through the RACGP gplearning website.

    The new online training program seeks to provide GPs with a better understanding of mental health issues affecting veterans, including their military experience and its impact on families, the special assessment and treatment considerations for veterans, and the services and resources currently available for veterans and their families.

    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

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    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:

    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

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