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.