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Diagnosis and Treatment of PTSD in Emergency Service Workers

Thu 17th February @ 6:00 pm

GPs often play a central role in the provision of healthcare to communities in the immediate, acute phase of emergency situations, and on an ongoing basis for the long-term recovery of individuals and their broader community.
Emergency Service Workers are one of the high-risk groups for trauma exposure and are more vulnerable to developing mental health problems. These mental health conditions have significant impact on their employment, family/relationships, and wellbeing.
This workshop has been designed with a focus on GPs, to diagnose patients with acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and other comorbidities. Evidence based guidelines will be used as the foundation to appropriately diagnose and identify treatment pathways including recommended referrals, trauma focused psychological therapy and psychological first aid to help support their management of emergency service workers. The training may also be relevant to other health professionals.
This training aims to increase participants’ skills and confidence to:
1.   Understand the relationship between traumatic events and the development of mental health conditions
2.   Identify evidence-based treatment and referral pathways for a patient impacted by trauma
3.   Recommend evidence-based resources, including e-Mental Health, for family/kinship groups impacted by trauma

1.      Understanding the context of Emergency Service Workers
2.      Diagnosing PTSD
3.      Your role
4.      Self-care for practitioners

This workshop discusses PTSD and trauma. We understand this can be a difficult topic to discuss, especially for people who have lived experience of PTSD. We ask you to take care of your mental health and wellbeing when deciding to attend this workshop


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Thu 17th February

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Dr Kathy O’Grady
Kathy is a GP working in Newcastle with a special interest in Mental health

Dr Jan Orman MBBS MPsychMed
Jan is a Sydney based GP with a special interest in mental health and psychological medicine. She has a Masters in Psychological Medicine (CBT) from the University of NSW and has combined general practice and specialised work in mental health for over two decades.
Jan has also worked for more than 10 years as a facilitator in Black Dog Institute’s Professional Education team. She is currently responsible for developing the content of, and delivering, the GP education programs for the Black Dog Institute’s arm of the e-Mental Health in Practice Project.
GP Registrars, GPs – however the training may also be relevant to other health professionals

  • 6 CPD Activity points (RACGP)
  • MH CPD activity (GPMHSC)
  • 3 Performance Review PDP units (ACRRM)

General Practitioners, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Pharmacists, LHD Staff

An application is being prepared for 3 RACGP QICPD points in the 2020-22 triennium.

  • Recognise responses to trauma in emergency service workers, their families and kinship groups
  • Identify validated screening and assessment tools for common mental health conditions related to trauma
  • Apply evidence-based treatment/management plan for a patient impacted by trauma
  • Identify a range of appropriate referral pathways and collaborative care options
  • Identify and use self-care strategies and resources to manage their own mental health and wellbeing


Judy or Robi, Education Coordinators – 9432 8250 or events@snhn.org.au.

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