Hos­pi­tal tar­gets stress

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

HOL­LY­WOOD Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal is play­ing a lead­ing role in ad­dress­ing the im­pact of post­trau­matic stress disorder in the com­mu­nity.

The Ned­lands hos­pi­tal re­cently hosted an ed­u­ca­tion and net­work­ing event for rep­re­sen­ta­tives from groups that sup­port PTSD pa­tients and their part­ners.

PTSD has a pro­found im­pact on in­di­vid­u­als and loved ones, and is more preva­lent in so­ci­ety than many re­alise.

The event was held at Hol­ly­wood’s 70-bed pri­vate men­tal health fa­cil­ity, The Hol­ly­wood Clinic, and was at­tended by 13 com­mu­nity-based or­gan­i­sa­tions that spe­cialise in help­ing in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies af­fected by PTSD.

Or­gan­is­ers said through ed­u­ca­tion and in­creased un­der­stand­ing, more com­pre­hen­sive sup­port could be given to those af­fected by PTSD, in­clud­ing vet­er­ans, po­lice and emer­gency work­ers.

Dr Mathew Samuel, a psy­chi­a­trist at The Hol­ly­wood Clinic, or­gan­ised the event to al­low care providers to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ences de­liv­ered by oth­ers.

“Treat­ment of PTSD is com­plex and it is es­sen­tial or­gan­i­sa­tions as­sist­ing those af­fected by the con­di­tion have the nec­es­sary knowl­edge to de­liver the best pos­si­ble care,” said Dr Samuel.

The Clinic’s co-or­di­na­tor of trauma re­cov­ery pro­grams, Doug Brewer, pre­sented at the event, ed­u­cat­ing at­ten­dees about the hos­pi­tal’s long his­tory of PTSD care.

Hol­ly­wood Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal pro­vides a va­ri­ety of in­pa­tient and day pa­tient trauma ther­apy pro­grams, in­clud­ing a 10-week trauma pro­gram for serving mil­i­tary and vet­er­ans, a four­week pro­gram for first re­spon­ders (such as am­bu­lance paramedics and po­lice), and a three­week pro­gram for women.

Hol­ly­wood’s trauma re­cov­ery pro­grams fo­cus on re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and ed­u­cate par­tic­i­pants about the im­pact of psy­cho­log­i­cal trauma and the ways to deal with painful thoughts and feel­ings as­so­ci­ated with shock, de­pres­sion and anx­i­ety.

Hol­ly­wood chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Peter Mott said the hos­pi­tal’s pa­tients “ben­e­fit from the ex­per­tise of some of Western Aus­tralia’s lead­ing psy­chi­a­trists, psy­chol­o­gists, so­cial work­ers and men­tal health nurses”.

“As a leader in the area of men­tal health, we are com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ally im­prov­ing our ser­vices and en­sur­ing mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are pro­vided the high­est level of care,” he said.

Learn­ing curve: Par­tic­i­pants in the PTSD ed­u­ca­tion and net­work­ing event hosted by Hol­ly­wood Hos­pi­tal.

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