Minister Launches Psychosocial Support Web Portal

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13th October 2010, 11:00pm - Views: 1008

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Minister for Mental Health and Ageing



Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler launched a new web portal,

designed to assist health professionals to provide psychosocial support in disasters,

in Sydney last night.

The web portal will assist in the areas of preparation, support, and recovery for

individuals and communities affected by disaster, like the Black Saturday bushfires.

“On that tragic day, 173 Australians lost their lives, and many more were affected by

post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychological disorders,” Mr Butler said.

“We know that the ongoing emotional effects of disaster experience can include

anxiety, distress, insomnia, depression and a range of other conditions detrimental to

positive mental health.

“One of our highest priorities, as a Government and as a community, is to protect

people’s mental health and psychosocial wellbeing.”

The Psychosocial Support in Disasters web portal will act as a central access point

to vital information, helping those in disaster-prone areas to prepare psychologically,

providing practical support during the emergency, and providing social, emotional

and psychological support during the recovery period.

“As Australia heads into the bushfire season, the launch of the Psychosocial Support

in Disasters web portal is both relevant and timely,” Mr Butler said.

The web portal is a joint initiative of the Australian Psychological Society, the

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, Occupational Therapy Australia,

the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian

Association of Social Workers, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

and General Practice Victoria.

13 October 2010 


Samantha Regione 0418 112 688

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