Tuesday, 2 October 2012

'The last frontier' : practice guidelines for treatment of complex trauma and trauma informed care and service delivery

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) announces a global first with the launch of their new Australian guidelines 'The last frontier': practice guidelines for treatment of complex trauma and trauma informed care and service delivery

Funded by Federal Government Department of Health and Ageing, the guidelines were created by ASCA, the key national organisation focussed on the needs of adult survivors of all forms of childhood trauma. Professor Warwick Middleton, Psychiatrist and member of ASCA's Advisory Panel stated: "Society has demonstrated an extreme reluctance to probe into how trauma and abuse fill our mental health units, our drug and alcohol detox services, our prisons and our medical wards. Most of our mental health patients are traumatised, many grievously so."

The purpose of the guidelines is to inform health professionals, workers and organisations about new ways of responding to trauma, in clinical practice and in health and human service settings. The guidelines aim to influence, advise and educate on treatment of complex trauma and the implementation of trauma informed care and service. Clinical guidelines for the treatment of complex trauma have not previously existed, and the new guidelines are the world's first to collate the last 20 years of national and international research.

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