New resources on Disaster Mental Health Hub

We have recently uploaded some new resources on the Disaster Mental Health Hub: two online short courses, a Disaster Recovery Toolkit, two Community Stories, and a video.


Online courses

Psychological Principles of Disaster Care: Designed for people who provide services to disaster-impacted individuals and communities, this course provides an introduction to the principles of Trauma-informed Care and outlines how to apply the principles across a variety of different settings, and create environments that will support recovery. Online, 60 minutes, self-paced.


Trauma-informed Self-Care: Designed for frontline workers who support disaster-impacted individuals and communities, this practical course teaches skills and strategies to manage and maintain wellbeing. A core component is activities that help participants consider how to incorporate self-care in their work with disaster-impacted people. Online, 60 minutes, self-paced.


View training courses.


Disaster Recovery Toolkit

Managing pre-existing mental health conditions: When a patient presents with pre-existing mental health conditions, there is a limit to the usefulness of diagnosis in guiding treatment planning. An individualised case formulation establishes a more holistic view of the patient’s circumstances and difficulties and is helpful in providing a direction for treatment. This toolkit outlines several steps in creating a case formulation.


View toolkit.


Community stories

Keeping Aboriginal clients ‘together while apart’ contributed to low COVID rates: Learn how cohealth’s Billabong program kept Indigenous clients connected during the 2020 COVID-19 Melbourne lockdown.


Preparing vulnerable people: In this video, the Executive Officer of the Gippsland Disability Advocacy in Victoria explains how The Preparing Vulnerable People project, facilitated by the Country Fire Authority, aims to improve the way in which bushfire preparedness and emergency plans are developed and acted on for those who are at greatest risk, such as those with a disability.


View Community Stories.


GP video resource

Managing trauma-related mental health disorders and physical comorbidities: This short video featuring Dr Phillip Parker, discusses the management of trauma-related mental health disorders and physical comorbidities in general practice.


View video.