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Dealing with the aftermath of community trauma

Event number: 17652
2 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Peter Cotton

The topic for this event is primarily around the organisational context and response to traumatic events. The experience of potentially traumatic events in workplaces always occurs in a context that can have profound facilitating or delaying effects on recovery, over and above the clinical treatment provided. Key organisational factors influencing outcomes will be discussed. Additionally, Peter worked on the Bourke Street tragedy response with WorkSafe and other government agencies and will discuss how all this unfolded. 

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and understand symptoms of trauma in an organisational context

2. Apply knowledge of trauma informed care in response to trauma in the workplace


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About the presenter(s)

Dr Peter Cotton FAPS
Peter is a Clinical & Organisational Psychologist specialising in workplace mental health and wellbeing issues. He has published a number of book chapters and peer reviewed research papers. Most recently he had invited two essays published in the specialist volume, Trauma-related Stress in Australia (Australia 21, 2016). Peter led a team that completed an independent external review of Victoria Police mental health and suicide prevention services (released publically in April 2016). He has worked with Ambulance Victoria as an independent advisor over the past five years and served on a Ministerial Ambulance People and Culture working group. Peter has recently been appointed by beyondblue to assist with its national Police and Emergency Services program. Peter has also been involved in a review of mental health services with the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade in late 2016. Peter is also a sessional mental health clinician on the Worksafe Clinical Panel, and has been reviewing treatments provided to traumatised workers across a range of industry sectors over the past 10 years. Peter started his professional career working in an inpatient hospital unit with serving personnel with severe PTSD and psychotic presentations (that subsequently morphed into the Austin PTSD program).


Online registration


Melbourne Multicultural Hub
506 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 22/5/2017
End date: 22/5/2017
Time: 6.00pm - 8:30pm


APS member: $25
APS student member: $15
Non APS member: $30


APS - Trauma and Psychology Interest Group - National Committee
Contact Peter Horton
03 9205 9488