Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD

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What is this webinar about?

ASORC was delighted to offer a presentation from Professor David Forbes, Director of the Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, on Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute & Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

The following themes are covered:

  • Overview of PTSD and ASD
  • Recommendations for rehabilitation practitioners on:
  • Screening
  • Assessment & Diagnosis
  • Intervention Planning
  • Early intervention
  • Treatment
  • Comorbidities
  • Rehabilitation
  • Remaining at and returning to work
  • Key differences in assessing, diagnosing, treating emergency service workers
  • Take home messages
  • Q&A

The Speaker

Professor David Forbes

Professor David Forbes is the Director of Phoenix Australia, and Deputy Head, Department of Psychiatry, the University of Melbourne. David is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma, and he has worked in both acute crisis and continuing care settings across the community mental health system and in specialist traumatic stress services. David is an international expert in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military mental health, with strong national and international links with other researchers and experts in the field. He was Chair of the Working Party for the inaugural National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) approved Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in 2007, co-chair of the steering group for the revised Guidelines in 2013, and he is also the Vice Chair of the international PTSD Guidelines Committee developed by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS).

David has published more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and sits on the editorial boards of leading international journals. He has been awarded in excess of $8.5 million in competitive research grants, and more than $16.4 million in research translation grants. David is a member of many advisory committees for governments and other organisations, including the Departments of Veterans’ Affairs and Defence, and the Australian Psychological Society. He has a strong track record in leading initiatives to improve outcomes for people affected by trauma through the translation of research into effective policy and practice. David is a passionate advocate for the use of evidence-based responses following trauma in order to reduce the mental health effects on survivors, their families and communities.

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