Post-traumatic stress disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an injury that can follow exposure to one or more severe, traumatic events. It can change the way you see yourself, your life and the world. We provide comprehensive, holistic care to help you recover.
We often hear that PTSD feels like you are existing rather than living, and that no one understands, which can be a lonely experience.
PTSD is treatable and our programs may help you learn to calm the body and mind, and get back to living a life that has a sense of meaning and purpose.
What is PTSD?
If you have been diagnosed with or think you may have PTSD, you may experience:
- a heightened sense of fear, panic, horror or anger
- a sense that your body is on alert, even during normal activities
- poor sleep
- poor concentration and memory
- unwanted recollections of what happened, both during waking hours and in the form of nightmares.
You may begin to isolate yourself by withdrawing from your support and social networks, enjoyable activities and work life. You may also have a sense of foreboding or threat, and have trouble making decisions.
How can treatment for PTSD help?
Recovery from PTSD is possible with the right support. By learning to calm your body and mind, you can get back to enjoying your everyday activities.
About our PTSD programs
Our multidisciplinary clinicians are highly experienced and attuned to the specific concerns and needs of people who’ve been injured in the line of duty.
We provide a range of services that take a holistic and evidence-based approach to PTSD treatment. We:
- provide a personal health care plan based on individual health needs and challenges
- treat mental, emotional, physical and spiritual needs
- link you to other support services, both inside and outside the hospital to encourage long term health
- welcome families and support networks as part of the overall treatment and recovery
- address other conditions such as depression and substance use disorders.
Our approach to PTSD care
Our trauma recovery programs are evidence-based, which means it’s founded on the highest standards of clinical practice and research. Ongoing evaluation and improvement helps maintain that quality and excellence.
Where appropriate, we actively encourage family and carers to be part of the support network for people in recovery. We offer regular information and support sessions to help family and carers better manage and support a loved one through PTSD, and just as importantly, ways for family and carers to look after themselves.
How can I access the service?
Our inpatient programs help address the PTSD symptoms which need urgent attention. Your stay generally lasts for 21 days allowing you the time to focus on recovery and learn strategies to help manage your conditions.
Our day programs offer an alternative to inpatient therapy. The programs focus on group and individual therapy with intensive support followed up by ongoing therapy to help you manage your symptoms.
A referral from a general practitioner is needed to enrol in our anxiety treatment programs.
Payment and health insurance
The costs involved with enrolling in our programs is covered by most private health insurers. Any excess and/or co-payment depends on your level of cover.
We can provide care through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Work Cover. We also welcome self-funded patients.