Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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.

23 Apr 2017

Learning Outcomes


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



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. -- 21 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. -- 19 Apr 2018
the educator presented well -- 19 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 -- 18 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 -- 18 Apr 2018
Excellent Presentation -- 18 Apr 2018
Another well presented lecture -- 10 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. -- 05 Apr 2018
Very good for my field of work. -- 12 Mar 2018
Very informative and well organized -- 06 Mar 2018
Great -- 24 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 -- 13 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 -- 12 Feb 2018
Very informative presentation. -- 08 Feb 2018
Excellent -- 03 Feb 2018
Very engaging, informative and relevant -- 31 Jan 2018

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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