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Activity description

152123 - Supporting children’s mental health after trauma

Mental Health Professionals Network Ltd


Relevance to General Practice

Australian research suggests that two-thirds of children will have experienced a potentially traumatic event by the time that they are 16 years of age, and around 20% of children are likely to experience three or more adversities. This level of exposure to adversity has the potential to disrupt children’s development, their social and emotional wellbeing, and their physical and mental health.

A child’s psychological recovery from experiences of trauma, loss and other adverse experiences is often dependent on their network of supportive and nurturing relationships. Mental health difficulties can be exacerbated by lack of access to support mechanisms that help children make sense of what has happened to them, and that they are not to blame for what happened to them. Practitioners’ role is often pivotal in the establishment of these networks, particularly for children who are socially and economic isolated or who have problematic relationships with the adults in their lives.

Learning outcomes

  1. • Identify how to collect and analyse information about clients in ways that can improve service delivery, service design and effectiveness of treatment of chil
  2. • Describe best practice models for individual practitioners and organisations to develop strategies to collect, record and analyse data to inform and improve s
  3. • Identify how partnerships can be developed between practitioners, organisations, academic institutions and researchers to maximise opportunities for change an

Domains of General Practice

D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship
  • Communication is clear, respectful, empathic and appropriate to the person and their sociocultural context

D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills
  • The conduct of the consultation is appropriate to the needs of the patient and the sociocultural context

D3. Population health and the context of general practice
  • Barriers to equitable access to quality care are addressed

D4. Professional and ethical role
  • Duty of care is maintained

D5. Organisational and legal dimensions
  • Effective triaging and time management structures are in place to allow timely provision of care

Curriculum Contextual Units

  • Children and young people health
  • Psychological health

Partnering organisations

Emerging Minds

Session summary


Monday 25 February 2019
4:15pm - 5:30pm







By invitation only

Target Audience

GPs and practice team

For more information contact...

Isobel Hutchinson
T: (03) 8662 6607