Mental illness, terrorism and grievance-fuelled violence: Understanding the nexus

Australian Government-Sponsored Webinar

Dear Colleagues,

We draw your attention to the upcoming Webinar on Monday 18 March 2019 (this evening), Mental illness, terrorism and grievance-fuelled violence: Understanding the nexus sponsored by the Australia New Zealand Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Australian Department of Home Affairs and produced by the Mental Health Professionals’ Network.

New Zealand Mass Shooting

Dear Colleagues,

It is with deep sadness and shock that we write to you following the hate-based mass murder of at least 50 members of the Islamic community in New Zealand with many more causalities. The ASTSS strongly condemns this violence and the ethno-nationalist hate speech that motivates individuals to perpetrate crimes like those in Christchurch.

ACOTS2019 Abstracts Closing

ACOTS2019 Abstracts
Final day for submission: March 1st (Today!)

Abstract submissions for ACOTS2019 will close at midnight tonight.

Submissions (Symposia, Free papers, Flash Talks, or Posters) may cover any topic relevant to the field of traumatic stress, but preference will be given to those consistent with the conference theme. Presentations will be scheduled on September 13th and 14th.

ISTSS Collaboration – The Global Psychotrauma Screen (GPS)

The GPS was developed by an international group of experts representing traumatic stress societies worldwide (including ASTSS) called the “Global Collaboration on Traumatic Stress” (Schnyder et al., 2017). 

The GPS is a brief instrument meant to screen for a range of trauma related psychological problems, as well as for risk and protective factors. The GPS consists as much as possible of existing items from validated scales.

ACOTS2019 Abstract Submissions Closing Soon

The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and Phoenix Australia warmly invite you to the 2019 Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS)

12 – 14 September 2019
International Convention Centre Sydney, Darling Harbour

Conference Website

Abstract Submissions 

Closing date for submissions: 15th February 2019
Date for notification of submission outcome: 8th April 2019

The Scientific Committee invites you to submit an abstract for one of the following types of presentation at ACOTS2019. Submissions may cover any topic relevant to the field of traumatic stress,

ACOTS 2019 conference website is live


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 [...]