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20th Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress

Trauma, recovery and growth: Advances in research and practice

ACOTS is a collaboration between the ASTSS (Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies) and Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

The next ACOTS will be held on September 13th &

LAST CHANCE for posttraumatic stress training opportunities in Sydney 18th July and in Melbourne Friday 27th July

Sydney: Beyond Survival – How story Telling can treat trauma in refugees

Wednesday 18th July – 6pm UNSW Scientia Building

Admission process: Free

Presented by Professor Frank Neuner, head of Clinical Psychology at Bielefeld University, developer of Narrative Exposure Therapy, a short-term mental health intervention for traumatic stress that has gained international attention and is supported as a highly effective intervention by multiple clinical trials

Hosted by The Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program,

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.