Health service responses to young people affected by trauma
Jul 13, 2018
A new report co-authored by Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health and Phoenix Australia, the Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health has been released titled "Trauma and young people: moving towards trauma-informed services and systems". The document provides an overview of current treatment approaches and highlights the need for more reforms and focus on this area of practice. The report identifies that young people have high rates of trauma experiences; up to two out of three young people have been exposed to a traumatic event by the age of 16. The report discusses the importance of trauma informed care and considers ways of improving the capacity of workers to respond to trauma.The report has several recommendations including development of a national policy response for trauma, to increase the number of mental health and human service professionals who are trained in understanding and responding to trauma and the development of consistent trauma-informed curriculum within relevant tertiary courses.