Perinatal psychological trauma is somewhat of an enigma in Australia particularly perinatal PTSD for which there are no professional practice guidelines nor strong recognition. For these and other reasons psychological trauma around pregnancy, birth and postpartum is often not well understood or regarded and the complexities not always recognised. Heather will provide an overview of perinatal psychological trauma and considerations for practice.
Upon completion of this presentation, participants will have:
- Gained an understanding of forms of perinatal psychological trauma
- Increased awareness of the psychological impact of perinatal trauma on the mother, infant, partner, family and beyond
- Increased awareness of considerations for management for perinatal psychological trauma
About the presenter(s)
Dr Mattner is a Perinatal Health Psychologist and Midwife with an extensive background in maternal/infant health care and midwifery practice, research and education, models of practice development and review, perinatal mental health and wellbeing, perinatal Aboriginal health and wellbeing and primary health care. Heather has worked and lived in urban, regional, rural and remote settings across Australia and in New Guinea, Nepal and Swaziland in university, government, non-government and private sector roles. Heather is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide. Heather’s publications include Better Birth (2013) with Lareen Newman and most recently the final and most comprehensive Evaluation of the National Perinatal Depression Initiative, in South Australia at CaFHS (2016) with Chris Ciancio.
Registrations open from 1pm and the workshop concludes at 5pm.