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Talking About Trauma - Primary Health Care Providers

Talking about trauma for primary health providers

Large numbers of people present to their primary care practitioners with diverse health issues, many of which are complex trauma-related, but which neither they nor their GPs identify as such. The physical, psychological, financial and social costs of failure to identify cumulative, underlying trauma in primary care consultations are substantial.  

As primary health care plays a critical role in health promotion, prevention, screening, early intervention and treatment, primary care providers need to be able to confidently `talk about trauma’ in their daily practice. This includes intervening early and effectively with patients with a lived experience of trauma to promote better care and health and well-being outcomes. 

This publication seeks to educate the primary health care sector about the nature, types and adverse health impacts of trauma. Its goal is to help build the capacity of primary care providers to better engage with patients impacted by trauma, as a precursor to skills-based training.

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”

ANONYMOUS

“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”

STEVEN

"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”

TAMARA

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