Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

1h of CPD
Karen-Ann Clarke
25 Apr 2018

This Course will increase the awareness and recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whilst also promoting the resilience that individuals and families demonstrate to cope with a range of significant life challenges. Healthcare professionals are in powerful positions to influence high quality care, which ultimately leads to better treatment outcomes for people affected by PTSD.


Identify the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to initiate early interventions in order to prevent adverse consequences of this condition occurring for the individual


Link possible long-term behavioural and emotional consequences of PTSD on family members with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in order to provide holistic care for all people affected by this disorder


Use common treatment options available in order to assist people to manage symptoms of emotional distress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder


Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a Registered Nurse and a specialised mental health nurse, with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experiences of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way in which women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Dr Clarke is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and post-graduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills, and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental health care. Dr Clarke currently supervises a number of honours, masters, and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space.


Lyndall Bird01 Oct 2018
Highly informative

Jodie douglas01 Sep 2018
Very informative - great video and easy to under stand

Troy King12 Aug 2018
The presenter was very knowledgeable

Lyndal Whittaker02 Aug 2018
Clear explanations

Helen PARK21 Jul 2018
This course to understand PTSD signs and symptoms was great and well presented. I would recommend all nurses to complete this course.

Melinda Fitzpatrick19 Jul 2018

Jenice Irene Hanley19 Jul 2018
Well presented in a simple easy to understand way. A comprehensive coverage of the effect of PTSD not only on the individual but his/ her whole family

Nicole Stuart12 Jul 2018
Very detailed and easy to follow

Very helpful in learning about the basics of PTSD

Cecil Maverick Quimio27 Jun 2018
great PTSD topic

rebecca morrissey26 Jun 2018

Elizabeth cronk25 Jun 2018
I really enjoyed this package of learning. It was well presented and very appropriate to my job.

Penelope Hoffman19 Jun 2018
Very interesting learning. Family of PTSD victims are validated and are incorporated into holistic care. Very well covered topic. Never lost me for a second

Annmaree Hloda19 Jun 2018
Wonderful activity to watch.

Debbie Auld12 Jun 2018
Worth watching this lecture, giving a better understanding of the nature of PTSD, and treatment options.

joshua bold11 Jun 2018

Sarah J Finlayson11 Jun 2018
Wonderful presenter; as always very knowledgeable, content delivered in an engaging & easy to follow manner. Highly recommended to all health care professionals, many thanks!

Emma Pulman07 Jun 2018
Very interesting.

Linda Linda06 Jun 2018
Excellent resource done is such a truly well done way to assist learning about PTSD.

leo thomas05 Jun 2018

carin newman04 Jun 2018
This module is informative. Great

Harriet Travers04 Jun 2018
Great VLA. Very good presenter. Information was interesting easy to understand and well presented.

Melissa kendon01 Jun 2018

Andrea Notting01 Jun 2018
Very Interesting

Adam Whitemore31 May 2018
very informative

Lauretta Rayner31 May 2018

Sue Campbell31 May 2018
Very well presented clear and informative.

Penny Stanley31 May 2018
very interesting.

Kristie-Lee Perrott31 May 2018

Sirini Prathibha Ariyarathna Korale Kankanamge31 May 2018

Valerie Courreges30 May 2018
Excellent for those working with difficult patients who have may have pre-existing trauma

Maria-Lisa Andonela Cravo30 May 2018
This was a very interesting tutorial and I have gained an amazing insight on this topic.

Kerry Todero29 May 2018
Very informative and easy to follow.

Avelina Go Chow28 May 2018
Very interesting and informative. Equipped nurses for their role in giving holistic care to their patient

Olivia Collins 28 May 2018
This educator was very engaging and was able to explain PTSD symptoms, management and treatment options clearly.

Elaine Mceleny28 May 2018
Great presentation, really interesting and informative. Would have been good to see the families outcome after therapy.

Amelia Hugo28 May 2018
Engaging and informative

Maria Nothling27 May 2018
excellent overview

Natalie Jane Wilson27 May 2018
Very knowledgeable session

Jocelyn Davis27 May 2018
Excellent and engaging. The music and graphics were certainly different.

Jade cooper27 May 2018
Great video.

Helen Bourke27 May 2018
A really comprehensive and well put together VLA. Really enjoyed it.

Janet Russell-Cox27 May 2018

Mark James27 May 2018
Clear presentaion

clare mifsud27 May 2018
Excellent presentation very specific information

Adele Mackie26 May 2018
Excellent Course,well presented and Easily to follow and understand.

Lynne Berridge26 May 2018
good course

Michelle Lipman26 May 2018
Excellent presentation.

Katherine Hepworth26 May 2018

Aju Stephen Antony26 May 2018

Veronica Bielinski25 May 2018
I found the presenter very good, but I think the microphone was too close and there is the saliva sound when she's speaking which is distracting.

Babaldeep Singh24 May 2018
Simple but detailed.

john glendenning24 May 2018
Very well presented.

Sibongile Nyathi24 May 2018
Relevant and useful information

tracey lackmann24 May 2018
Excellent course information well presented and easily understood. Pleased it identified the possible effects on family particularly children who are oftened overlooked by Adult Mental Health Services

keryn laidlaw24 May 2018
It would be of benefit for all Registered Nurses to listen to this video.

rochelle mcbryde24 May 2018
Very clear to understand. Thoughtful and informative that is relevant to all situations

Carina gates23 May 2018
Very informative

Amala Thomas22 May 2018

rosemary britt6222 May 2018
Good resource

Graham Jones22 May 2018
Very engaging. pleasant to listen to.

Cara Garrett22 May 2018
Very informative, evidence based learning resource.

Dancan Kapkusha21 May 2018
Well articulated VLA

Efstathia Stanitsas21 May 2018
Thoroughly enjoyed the lecture

Leigh Labinsky20 May 2018
Increasingly relevant topic.

Kahondo Mutsa20 May 2018
I have learnt a lot

Georgia Jones19 May 2018
The educator was very well spoken and described all aspects of the teaching well. She did it in a manner that was respectful also which I think is very important.

Altaf Sonia18 May 2018
Great Topic!

Carol E Clark18 May 2018
An excellent resource, professionally presented. It was clear and concise and I enjoyed the revisiting learning segments. As a subject it has often appeared complex and specialised. I would recommend this to others as it is an area that touches many patient lives.

Eillen Anne (Sandy) Roessler17 May 2018
A really good session, One I will go over again

Harsimrat Kaur16 May 2018
good source of learning about PTSD

Janette Elliott15 May 2018
Excellent lecture recommended for all.

Cherylene Brooke15 May 2018
Thank you

Angelo Carlo Rontos14 May 2018
the cpd was helpful and informative

Ma Eloise Ethel Fuentes Quicho13 May 2018
Great information and is useful specially for those nurses who wants to specialise in mental health nursing.

Geetha Rani Ammini13 May 2018

Adriana Monteverde Estaba12 May 2018
The information presented was very useful for nursing practice and everyday situations, as well as easy to understand.

Jacqueline Pirouet12 May 2018
Excellent presentation

Karamjeet Kaur11 May 2018
This activity was highly beneficial for managing the clients with PTSD with various types of therapies.

Fiona Hargreaves09 May 2018
Great topic, well taught

Maria Josefina Noviza09 May 2018
It is an eye opener in a sense that PTSD is not oftenly brought out in public for discussion

Kristina Beale09 May 2018

Nicole Gregory09 May 2018
Everyone should read up on PTSD. With the current active combat zone climate overseas, this issue needs to be recognised early for maximum benefit to occur. I recommend all health professionals watch this very easy to understand VLA.

Kerry McMullan09 May 2018
very interesting.

Joanne Holloway08 May 2018
A very interesting subject.

Sharon Khan08 May 2018
The educator was engaging

Caiping Jiang08 May 2018

Pietryna Duch08 May 2018
Informative, clear and precise explanation of PTSD. Case study was particularly helpful in understanding the effects of PTSD on the individual and their family.

natalie Mielczarek08 May 2018
great video.

Reena Raju07 May 2018
Good session

Carmel Green07 May 2018
I thuroughly enjoyed this VLA. It incorporates alternative as well as traditional methods for managing PTSD and it's effects on loved ones. Especially interesting and reinforcing of my already formed beliefs was the use of Equine and Canine therapies...the importance of animals for human health and healing.

Margaretha van de Reyt06 May 2018
Very good educator.

Werner Cossid03 May 2018
Clear , direct to the point and informative.

Dorothy-anne burrows03 May 2018
Lot of information delivered extremely well by a confident and knowledgeable lady

Divina Evangelista03 May 2018
The educator is knowledgeable and engaging. I would surely recommend this education to other health professionals.

Susan K March03 May 2018
Easy to understand presentation on a complex subject

Virginia Margaret Grove02 May 2018
This was a very good presentation. Highly recommend

Deborah Reader (Maxwell)02 May 2018
Very informative and helpful education. Gave good insight into this area of mental health treatments.

Gurnam Singh Saini02 May 2018
well narated

Amandeep Kaur01 May 2018

suzanne roslyn mason01 May 2018
very interesting

Elaine Adams30 Apr 2018
excellent VLA

Susan Cynthia Barnes30 Apr 2018
This was a well constructed eduction module. I filled gaps in my knowledge clearly.

Lisa-Jane Robertson30 Apr 2018
Excellent presentation and great presenter. This reinforced existing knowledge and increased awareness and understanding of PTSD along with renewed education on tools available to assist patients with PTSD and recognizing the signs.

Very good presenter. Clear and easy to follow. Informative.

Tracy Kiddle29 Apr 2018
It was a great short study easy to understand and as well as in-depth. Until I watched this I didn't realise that some of my relatives have suffered with PTSD and so now I understand why they have acted the way they did etc....

Bronwyn chappel27 Apr 2018
This was so informative, and discussed with great compassion and a sense of hopefulness.

Ranilo Martinez27 Apr 2018
This is so helpful on RNs working in an aged care environment.

karen jardine26 Apr 2018
Presenter engaged well and was very clear in her presentation.

cathleen Farewell25 Apr 2018
This was very informative and easy to understand

Amanpreet Kaur25 Apr 2018
Great video

Alysha Hack24 Apr 2018
Really easy to listen to, simple but very informative!

Susan Mitchell23 Apr 2018
Very informative and I had no idea of the physical danger PTSD has on children .

Dianne Joy Beamish21 Apr 2018
I feel better informed about ptsd and I believe my understanding has been increased, thus, I feel better equiped to interact with someone with ptsd.

Elizabeth Anne Blucher19 Apr 2018
Because the problem is such a personal one I was riveted by the content and explanations. the talk was not overpowering, but very matter of fact.

Linda Pye19 Apr 2018
the educator presented well

Jayne andrea Postill18 Apr 2018
I enjoyed this power point, I thought at first it may be a little over bearing to listen to this AUSMED educational video, however, I can now state that it was very informative and very interesting how new research is helping these individuals now and in the future

Pam Stuart-hensley18 Apr 2018
Very good short information of a complex topic. This was a useful recap of PTSD and reinforced my knowledge as well as learning something new

Nicholas Stewart Cleave18 Apr 2018
Excellent Presentation

Udo Hoffmann10 Apr 2018
Another well presented lecture

Christy Storer05 Apr 2018
This was very interesting. As I listen to true crime podcasts, it was interesting to see Narelle Fraser get a mention for her PTSD.

Brie Brown12 Mar 2018
Very good for my field of work.

Jeanie Kay Buchanan06 Mar 2018
Very informative and well organized

Limor Weingarten24 Feb 2018

Citti Taranto13 Feb 2018
This course has increased my awareness and being able to recognize of post traumatic stress disorder patient and lead to better treatment outcomes to people affected and family involve

Emma Matheson12 Feb 2018
This has been by far one of the most useful Ausmed learning activities. The content was presented in a way that is easy to engage with and understand. It was neither too basic, or too complex and is applicable to a broad range of nursing environments, not just mental health

Christine Hulands08 Feb 2018
Very informative presentation.

Susan Mayne03 Feb 2018

Daniela gashi31 Jan 2018
Very engaging, informative and relevant

Course Overview

Topics include:

  • Normal and abnormal responses to trauma
  • Diagnostic classification of PTSD
  • How PTSD affects families and children
  • Cognitive, pharmacological, and alternative treatment options

Target audience

Health professionals who are caring for individuals and families who show signs and symptoms of emotional distress associated with trauma.


Provide current knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment, and how the experience of PTSD impacts upon the emotional wellbeing of the person and their family.


Although traumatic and potentially life-threatening events such as natural disasters, conflict and severe accidents can be part of the human experience, for approximately 5—10% of the Australian population, responses to these traumatic events consist of significant emotional distress and subsequent impairment in a person’s ability to live a satisfying life. Other people may experience threats to life or safety through intentional violence, acts of terrorism and physical/sexual assaults, which also contribute to the experience of significant emotional disturbance and threats to the person’s emotional wellbeing. Trauma is felt not only by the person directly, but also affects members of their family, often affecting the mental health across multiple generations. An awareness and ability to recognise the difference between normal and abnormal responses to traumatic events is imperative to facilitate early assessment and appropriate intervention to minimise long-term and often harmful consequences.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

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