Trauma Recovery Program
What is PTSD?
PTSD can occur after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. In certain circumstances it can also impact upon those who have learned about a traumatic event which has affected a close family member of friend, or have experienced repeated or extreme exposure to the aversive details of a traumatic event (e.g. first responders).
People who suffer from PTSD often relive the experience through nightmares and flashbacks, have difficulty sleeping, experience mood disorders, and can feel detached. These symptoms can be severe and significantly impair the person’s daily life.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Program
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program is run at the Keith Payne Unit, Greenslopes Private Hospital. It is one of the first courses of its kind in Australia, and is specifically designed to assist both serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force who have a military-related diagnosis of PTSD. The program is funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and all veterans diagnosed with PTSD are eligible for assessment.
The program addresses the following issues:
- Education about PTSD
- Learning how to deal with painful thoughts and feelings associated with PTSD
- Learning to manage depression, alcohol and drug-related problems, anger, anxiety and sleeping difficulties.
- Medication management (when indicated)
- Develop strategies to enhance communication and better manage relationships
- Assist participants to understand the importance of physical activity as a component of symptom management
- Partners’ support groups
- Couples’ groups
These issues are addressed using individual and group therapy approaches, as appropriate.
Timetables can vary depending on need. Generally there are two options:
- Two days per week from 9am-3pm for 10 weeks
- Three days per week from 9am-3pm for 7 weeks
Programs are run on a needs basis, with an average of four programs per year. Each program has a maximum of eight participants in order to ensure individual attention and promote group cohesion.
Individual assessment is completed by the program’s multidisciplinary team. Participants who require specialist inpatient care (e.g. detoxification) may be offered some prior to commencement. Patients should note the criteria for assessment are determined by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health.
The information relating to the veteran’s progress and outcome is kept strictly confidential. Medical records remain the property of Greenslopes Private Hospital. If the veteran is agreeable, statistical information (non-identifying) is collected for evaluation purposes by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Post-Traumatic Mental Health.
The program is conducted by a team of qualified and experienced professionals:
- Consultant psychiatrist
- Mental health nurses
- Social workers
- Occupational therapists
- Exercise physiologist
- Visiting community representatives
Written referrals are required from a GP or psychiatrist. Self-referrals for further assessment may also be arranged. These should be directed to:
Dr John Gibson
PTSD Program Director
Greenslopes Private Hospital
Greenslopes QLD 4120
For more information:
PTSD Program Coordinator
Phone: 3394 7884