Recovery in the Community – Action Signs for Recognising Mental Health Needs (PART TWO)

This two-part place-based CPD series invites GPs, practice nurses, psychologists, mental health nurses, social workers and Aboriginal health workers to explore the unmet mental health needs in the community, including those arising from bushfire-related trauma and COVID-19. Unpack the signs and impact of stacked distress and learn how primary health care providers can be proactive in response by using social care and eHealth services.

Part Two
Recognising Stacked Distress

From drought to bushfire to flood to pandemic, our patients are facing a remarkable series of stacked events that may impact their mental health.

Who is most at risk for the consequences? What connections can we build to address these layers of distress? How can GPs provide leadership in a time of multidisciplinary chaos?

This webinar is for all GPs, nurses and allied health professionals interested in developing the skills to provide a meaningful response to patients in distress.

After completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify trauma reactions and implement the principles of trauma informed care when responding to patients expressing distress after an extreme weather event or natural disaster
  • Implement organisational skills in times of multidisciplinary chaos
  • Identify local approaches to support young people and adults to connect to community and utilise eHealth resources and services following distress
  • Identify patients at risk of adverse mental health outcomes following traumatic experiences and refer appropriately for assessment and treatment


  • Professor Ian Hickie, Brain & Mind Centre
  • Dr Elizabeth Scott, Psychiatrist & Mind Plasticity
  • Frances Pidcock, Community Outreach Manager, The Buttery
  • Lisa Thorpy, Trauma Informed Care Lead, NNSWLHD
  • Dr Emma Coldwell, GP, The Bright Side Clinic
  • Steve Carrigg, Disaster Recovery, NNSWLHD
  • Sonya Mears-Lynch, Getting It Together, Social Futures

RSVP Here by Tue 24 November, 05:00 pm

RSVP Here by Tue 24 November, 05:00 pm

Venue: Webinar

Date/Time: Part day | Tue 24 Nov 2020, 6:30 pm - 8:20 pm (1h 50m) AEDT

Event Organiser: Healthy North Coast

Contact: Bronwyn Thirkell

Phone: 0437 027 751

Email: Click here

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