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Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Australian health practitioners now have their own guidelines to help people with acute stress disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder (ASD and PTSD).

Approved by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), these Guidelines will assist health practitioners to determine: 

ACPMH developed the Guidelines in consultation with trauma experts from a range of disciplines, as well as people affected by trauma. These Guidelines provide practical recommendations applicable in all healthcare settings.

Help us spread the word about the Guidelines to other health practitioners who may have less experience with trauma and mental health.

Why do we need the Guidelines?

Over a quarter of a million Australians experience PTSD in any one year. Without effective treatment PTSD can be a chronic and debilitating condition. It carries a higher suicide risk than any other anxiety disorder.

There is currently a gap between proven treatments for ASD and PTSD and routine clinical care. The Guidelines aim to bridge this gap by promoting evidence-based interventions such as trauma-focussed therapies.

Treatment works

The Guidelines include comprehensive recommendations, but a few simple principles underpin the delivery of evidence-based care:

Who are the Guidelines for?

Putting the Guidelines into practice

Our graduated training program will help you put the Guidelines into practice. We can:

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