When a person experiences a traumatic event that has threatened their life or safety, or the safety of those around them, they can be left with intense feelings or fear and helplessness. This can trigger responses such as avoidance, intrusive thoughts and high reactivity. This is called post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.
A person may develop PTSD after a traumatic event such as a car crash, physical or sexual assault, war or torture, or natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.
Many people show symptoms of PTSD in the first few weeks after a traumatic event but recover on their own with the support of family and friends. Others may require treatment and support from health professionals.
Effective treatment for PTSD involves a mix of inpatient psychiatric care and outpatient psychological services.
The Program aims to improve the quality of living for patients by addressing the following issues:
These issues are addressed using individual and group therapy approaches. Tailored plans are developed with each participant. Comprehensive discharge planning involving liaison with appropriate support services is provided.
The program is run on an outpatient basis. A list of accommodation close to the facility is available on request for those that live outside the area.
The program consists of:
Written referrals are required from:
Once a referral is received, a consultation will be arranged with one of our psychiatrists, and if appropriate, referral will be made into the next available program.
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