Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health

The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH) at the University of Melbourne is an organization focused on trauma-related research, education and training, and the provision of policy and service improvement advice.  Our aim is to build the capability of individuals, organisations and the community to understand, prevent, reduce and recover from the adverse mental health effects of trauma.
           The staff of ACPMH are drawn from highly experienced clinicians, researchers and policy advisors, and ACPMH is internationally recognised for its work in the field.  Wherever possible, ACPMH’s work in research, policy development, and training is integrated such that research findings form the basis of policy and service development advice which, in turn, informs the training and education agenda.

The Many paths, one purpose Expert Forum
The effect of a traumatic event on an individual’s mental health and wellbeing is known to be complex, taking in variables such as cultural and personal beliefs, social networks and psychological constitution. As experts, researchers, clinicians and members of industry, our collective response to trauma-related mental health issues needs to be equally nuanced and calibrated to individual circumstance.
           The Many paths, one purpose Expert Forum hosted by the ACPMH on Friday, 12 August 2011 at the State Library of Victoria will bring together leading international and Australian experts, each with a unique perspective on tackling the mental health effects of trauma. As well as exploring trauma-related mental heath issues in a global context, expert speakers will share their views on best practice approaches to preventing, assessing and treating different types of trauma.

This Forum will:
  • Bring together international and Australian leaders from different fields of trauma-related mental health.
  • Present the latest approaches for supporting people in the wake of trauma and disaster.
  • Discuss trauma-related mental health issues for different populations and types of trauma experienced.
  • Discuss best-practice clinical intervention for people affected by traumatic events.

This Forum is an excellent opportunity for anyone working in an area of trauma-related mental health, or whose work helps people affected by traumatic events, including: clinicians, researchers, industries and governments managing the mental health effects of trauma and disaster.

Pre-forum dinner event
A special dinner will be held preceding the Expert Forum on Thursday, 11 August 2011 at The Willows, St Kilda Road, Melbourne to recognise the contribution of former ACPMH Director, Professor Mark Creamer. This dinner is an opportunity to pay tribute to his work and contributions in the field of posttraumatic mental health.

  • Enjoy an evening of discussion, networking, good food and entertainment.
  • The dinner is open to all guests, Forum registrants and colleagues.
  • Hear personal perspectives of Expert Forum speakers Professors Richard Bryant and Alexander McFarlane on the history of posttraumatic mental health in Australia.

To make the most out of this Forum, please join our Mental Health discussions at our LinkedIn Group 'ACPMH Forum 2011' . You can start your own discussion topics, ask questions and make contributions.

Follow us on Twitter for more insights and information about the Forum. @ACPMHforum

You can learn more about ACPMH here, and Register here for the Expert Forum! Early bird registrations are now open until 22 July 2011.

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