Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) including Physical, Sexual and Emotional Abuse

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) powerfully effect who we become as adults and what becomes of us as adults. 28% of ACEs are in the form of physical abuse, 22% sexual abuse and 11% emotional abuse with the remainder consisting of neglect and other forms of abuse. Health risks associated with ACEs include smoking, severe obesity,…

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Trauma Informed Care

Considerable evidence exists confirming that many clients seeking mental health services in Australia have trauma histories which significantly affect their health and well-being. Jenna Bateman, CEO, The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) has long advocated for a mental health approach that moves away from searching for a diagnosis to a recognition of the impact of a…

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Post Trauma Stress may affect Eating Habits

Much past research has linked health risks such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and obesity to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A recent research of young females found that the higher the number of PTSD symptoms related to the increased likelihood of consuming  fast foods and soft drinks together with unhealthy dieting strategies, such as vomiting.…

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury is the result of pressure waves from explosions, such as Improvised Explosive Devices, which cause damage to brain structures that regulate emotions and  thinking. Symptoms can include mood swings, depression, irritability, memory loss, headaches and impaired thinking. While most individuals recover quickly up to 15% may have ongoing difficulties including symptoms…

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Victims of Crime Not Accessing Entitlements

Victoria Police Statistics show that the total number of victims of crime against the person in 2009/2010 was 39,032. In the 2009/2010 period the number of crimes compensation applications finalised was a total of 5,920. The number of applications that have been struck out, withdrawn or refused in 2009/2010 was 1,454. Therefore comparing the total number…

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Parking Inspectors, Police & Other Community Workers

Parking inspectors, police, paramedics, nurses and other such community workers are often victims of physical assaults while in the process of performing their duties. Not only do they need to contend with the stressors of their very demanding employment they often need to contend with a high degree of aggression and violence often perpetrated against…

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Victoria Police Supportlink Project

The Victoria Police SupportLink Project is a computer-based program system to assist police to make referrals to social support service to assist victims of crime in receiving assistance. In 2010 only about 15% of all eligible victims of crime made a claim through Crimes Compensation in Victoria. What this means is that some 85% of victims  of crime,…

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Risk Factors for Developing PTSD Post Trauma

You are more likely to develop PTSD if you have been directly exposed to the trauma, seriously hurt, the trauma was long-lasting or very severe, believed you were in extreme danger or were going to die, had a severe reaction such shaking, vomiting or feeling separated from your surroundings and felt helpless. Other factors contributing to the…

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