HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Bali bomb lessons helped shape Australia's mental health response to terrorism and trauma

Australian healthcare professionals were able to offer better mental health support to the victims of the 2005 Bali bombings, thanks to improved procedures and services introduced after the first explosions in 2002, according to the May issue of the UK-based Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Staff at the Royal Darwin Hospital who treated many of the casualties - also received vital personal support from mental health nurses, especially as they waited anxiously for the first victims to arrive.

"The 2002 bombings were Australia's first large-scale introduction to terrorist activity in the immediate geographical area and they initiated a new phase of trauma response for public health services in the country" says Anthony Guscott of Top End Mental Health Services, which provides in-patient and consultation liaison nursing services at the Royal Darwin Hospital.

"A national mental health response to mass trauma was established and this proved particularly useful to the Royal Darwin Hospital, which handled a large number of casualties from both bombings."

The national group driving the national mental health guidance were also able to draw on their experiences of other traumatic events, including the Eyre Peninsula bushfires that killed nine people and injured 110 in South Australia in January 2005.

This national guidance was then used to shape more effective local front line mental health services to cover both day-to-day needs and cope with major incidents. For example, the Royal Darwin Hospital now has a round-the-clock mental health presence in the emergency department and other departments can call on out-of-hours' support as needed.

Many of the bomb victims suffered profound mental health problems immediately after the bombings. In 2002 the mental health response was poorly planned, but the lessons learnt from the first incident meant that in 2005 patients' physical and mental heal
'"/>

Contact: Annette Whibley
wizard.media@virgin.net
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
17-May-2007


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Obesity lawsuits lessons learned from tobacco litigation
2. Parents of chronically ill kids are helped by better access to federal and employer leave
3. Improved neonatal care has helped reduce prevalence of cerebral palsy in premature babies
4. Only poor pay and low status of pediatrics helped women doctors buck discrimination
5. Test identifies best candidates for implanted cardiac defibrillator, screens out those not helped
6. Golfers with low-back pain may be helped by University of Pittsburgh research
7. New study showed ramelteon helped adults with chronic insomnia fall asleep, sleep longer
8. Scientists train nano-building blocks to take on new shapes, as reported in Science
9. Soft contacts designed for cone-shaped cornea
10. Log-on to shape-up
11. Medicalize me: Experts look at how our perceptions of illness are shaped

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/22/2017)... ... ... “Glimpses Of Light”: is a unique and thought inspiring guide toward ... of published author, J.M. Shepherd, a writer, teacher, traveler, and metaphysician, the author has ... Shepherd shares, “Love is one of the least understood and yet most sought-after pleasures ...
(Date:8/22/2017)... ... August 22, 2017 , ... “Call Of Spiritual Duty”: a revelation in an ... author, C.S. Lizarde. Growing up on the streets of North Visalia, California, Carlos ... to apply the Biblical keys to his life, he noticed immediately that opportunities and ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... , ... August 22, 2017 , ... ... not without risk to health and safety. By learning and implementing best practices ... , In this webinar, attendees will gain a better understanding of a ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... Viejo, CA (PRWEB) , ... August 21, 2017 , ... ... Film Studios. Editors can quickly and easily add washed color grades to footage. ... image. The LUT changes every pixel’s color to the corresponding color indicated by the ...
(Date:8/21/2017)... ... August 21, 2017 , ... Marathon running has surged in ... , Outdoor running increases exposure to ultraviolet radiation, a carcinogen that promotes skin ... and only half may be adequately protecting themselves with proper clothing and sunscreen. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2017)... TORONTO , July 31, 2017 7D Surgical, ... Spartan Medical has purchased the 7D Surgical System to support ... Washington D.C. and Virginia.  7D Surgical ... Medical for many of the premier medical facilities within those ... ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... July 28, 2017 EnvoyHealth, a Diplomat company, has ... program for CleverCap LITE, a technology designed to improve ... deliver innovative health technology solutions and services that help ... CleverCap LITE offers medication monitoring and ... cover: Records date ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... 2017  West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: ... second-quarter 2017 and updated financial guidance for the full-year ... Highlights Reported net sales of $397.6 ... quarter. Net sales at constant currency (organic) grew by ... $0.51, compared to $0.60 in the prior-year quarter. Second-quarter ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: