Hospital targets stress
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.