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Public Consultation on the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD


Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health – in collaboration with a Guideline Development Group consisting of Australia’s leading trauma experts, specialist practitioners working with people affected by trauma, individuals with lived experience of trauma and a guidelines methodologist has developed draft guidelines on the treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD (the Guidelines).


The Guidelines are a synthesis of the current research on best practice mental health care for people who have developed, or are at risk of developing, symptoms of ASD or PTSD after a traumatic event. The Guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations that promote recovery following trauma, as well as effective treatment options for those who develop ASD or PTSD. The Guidelines are designed for use by general and mental health practitioners, policy makers, industry, and people affected by trauma.


The recommendations and evidence are contained in the MAGICApp online platform, while the supporting chapters are available through the below links.


To make a submission to Phoenix Australia on the draft Guidelines please use this Guidelines Public Consultation Form or visit the MAGICapp website to view and comment on the recommendations (if you would like to comment on the recommendations and/or evidence presented on the MAGICapp website, you will need to log in).


Public consultation will close on Monday 23 March 2020.





Plain language statement


Executive summary


Chapter 1 – Introduction


Chapter 2 – Trauma and trauma reactions


Chapter 3 – Children and adolescents


Chapter 4 – Interventions


Chapter 5 – Methodology


Chapter 6 – Treatment recommendations 
Appendix to Chapter 6 – Medication prescribing algorithm


Chapter 7 – CPTSD


Chapter 8 – Economic considerations


Chapter 9 – Special populations:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples


Emergency services personnel

Military and ex-military personnel

Motor vehicle accident and other traumatic injury survivors

PTSD in older people

Refugees and asylum seekers

Sexual assault


Victims of crime

Victims of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)