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Free training to support individuals after a disaster

 Two free workshops are being held for general practitioners and clinic staff to support individuals after a disaster.

The first is on Wednesday 28 July 2021 at the Bairnsdale International from 5.30-7.30pm and will be held online. Follow this link to register. Zoom link to be provided via email after registration.

The second is on Monday 16 August at thee Orbost Golf Club from 6.30-8.30pm. Both are limited to 30 participants.

Developed by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health in collaboration with a general practitioner and piloted with health services in bushfire-impacted communities, a clinical specialist experienced in posttraumatic mental health will facilitate the workshops.

The workshops are designed for professionals in bushfire-impacted communities who work in general practice or community health settings such as general practitioners, nurses, mental health providers, other allied health providers, medical receptionists, practice managers.

In the training, you will learn principles of Trauma-informed Care (TIC) – an evidenced-informed approach to interacting with individuals and communities who have experienced a potentially traumatic event such as a bushfire.

These principles help to create an environment in which your work with a trauma-impacted person allows for their recovery from trauma, as well as supporting your own wellbeing.

You will learn about and practise key aspects of TIC including:

  • understanding the impacts of trauma
  • how to safely talk about and manage trauma disclosure
  • simple strategies to teach trauma-impacted people to help them deal with their distress.

To register for the workshop on 16 August, go to

Gippsland PHN found in a recent regional workforce survey that trauma was rated by the mental health workforce as the most preferred professional development topic.[1]




[1] Gippsland PHN Regional Health Workforce Summary Report, May 2021 (include link to webpage)


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