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New complex trauma guidelines for health practitioners released

The Blue Knot Foundation, supported by Healthe Care Australia’s Belmont Private Hospital, has released its new Practice Guidelines for Clinical Treatment of Complex Trauma.

The guidelines look to support informed trauma-specific responses to the growing trauma crisis and guide health practitioners in the treatment of complex trauma.

The guidelines will seek to educate professionals about the specific needs of adults with complex trauma (more than one single instance of trauma) as currently, most colleges and universities do not focus on this area.

Blue Knot Foundation president Dr Cathy Kezelman said: “Over five million adults in Australia have experiences of complex trauma, which is repeated ongoing interpersonal trauma and abuse, often from childhood, as an adult, or both. And with two-thirds of people presenting to public and private mental health services having experienced sexual and physical abuse, complex trauma must be identified, acknowledged and appropriately addressed.

“This education is not currently provided in most universities and colleges and provides a basis for additional training.

“It is our hope that these guidelines further assist clinicians who work in the challenging terrain of complex trauma and dissociation.”

Belmont Private Hospital CEO Mary Williams said the Guidelines launch was a significant milestone, and the focus is now on continuing to provide mental health treatment for Australians living with the impact of complex trauma.

“As one of few private services in Australia that offer specialist treatment for trauma dissociative disorders, and Queensland’s only provider on private inpatient treatment, the guidelines are a valuable resource for our specialised team of clinicians treating this very specific patient cohort – now and into the future,” said Williams.

Blue Knot Foundation president, Dr Cathy Kezelman, spoke with Nursing Review about the guidelines.

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