Authors: University of New South Wales and Westmead Hospital
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: NSW
Award level: Gold
Award category: Specialist Service
Abstract: The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit is the only program in Australia that provides a thorough assessment of stress reactions following traumatic injuries admitted to a public hospital. The Unit identifies those patients at risk and provides early treatment based on a specifically developed cognitive behavioural therapy program. The Unit's program is the first in the world to demonstrate that early cognitive behavioural intervention in trauma patients can prevent PTSD. The Unit is expanding its program to provide similar assessment and treatment programs for children following trauma. The Unit has an international reputation as a leading centre in PTSD management. Description of Facility/Organisation: The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit is based at Westmead Hospital, a major public hospital that serves the western region of Sydney. The PTSD Unit is staffed by three clinical psychologists under the supervision of Dr Richard Bryant, and involves various consultant specialists. It serves to assess all traumatised patients admitted to Westmead Hospital, identify those at risk of developing PTSD, and provides an early treatment program. It also serves as a major referral centre for outpatients across Sydney.