Prevalence of PTSD and common mental disorders amongst ambulance personnel: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Abstract Purpose There is increasing concern regarding the mental health impact of first responder work, with some reports suggesting ambulance personnel may be at particularly high risk. Through this systematic review and meta-analysis we aimed to determine the prevalence of mental health conditions among ambulance personnel worldwide. Methods A systematic search and screening process was [...]

Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Service Workers

A Clinician’s Summary of the Expert Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Emergency Service Workers Published February 2018 Endorsed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists A/Prof. Samuel Harvey, Prof. Richard Bryant and Prof. David Forbes INTRODUCTION In Australia, there are over 80,000 full time emergency workers [...]

Upcoming practitioner forum on post traumatic mental health

Phoenix Australia's Centenary of Anzac Centre was established at the end of 2017 with a grant from the Department of Veterans' Affairs. The aim of the Anzac Centre is to enhance the quality of care for veterans through the provision of expert clinical advice to practitioners across Australia and through cutting edge research that will [...]

Upcoming trauma related professional development opportunities

Flexible Exposure: The Core of ACT 1- Day Workshop 


“Exposure” is the single most powerful intervention in the whole of psychology, in terms of its effect sizes on human behaviour. And it’s by far the most important component of treatment for anxiety disorders – from social anxiety and specific phobias to OCD and PTSD. 

Upcoming Australian Conferences

2nd Perth Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention – Mapping the field – 9th/10th November,  South Australia

The 2nd Perth Symposium on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention has the theme of “Mapping The Field”. This title arose from the interest in knowing what is already being offered in WA and other parts of the world to address CSA prevention more effectively.

Priority One, Staff Support Services, Queensland Ambulance Service. An interview with Todd Wehr, Executive Manager

Priority One is a staff support program that’s been in place since 1992. It’s a program that’s based around a peer support model, with about 200 peer support officers (PSO’s) across the state in various locations throughout Queensland. We have trained nearly 600 PSO’s during the life of the program.

Peer support officers are volunteers who undertake a five-stage selection process from which they are carefully selected.