Latrobe Health is incredibly proud to have partnered with Phoenix Australia, Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health, creating awareness and providing options for treatment and support to regional Victorians.

Two-thirds of Australians will suffer a traumatic event each year, resulting in a range of negative mental health consequences from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to depression and addictive disorders.

Most are never diagnosed, and those that are, often receive inappropriate care. The impact of trauma (& repeated trauma) is felt particularly strongly in regional and rural communities, which disproportionately bear the brunt of natural disasters and health workforce shortages.

What is PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder)?

Posttraumatic stress disorder is a set of reactions that can occur after someone has been through a traumatic event. About 5-10% of Australians will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives.

Experiencing a traumatic event can trigger strong emotions, ranging from fear and anxiety to guilt and anger. Recovering from trauma does not mean forgetting your experience or not feeling any emotional pain when reminded of the event. Recovery means feeling less distressed and having more confidence in your ability to cope as time goes by.

Find out more about PTSD