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MasterClass: Treating major depressive disorder following physical injury

Event number: 18929
4.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Diana Dorstyn, Professor Ashley Craig

Physical injury such as that sustained in a motor vehicle crash (MVC) or workplace accident can have devastating and traumatic impacts on personal wellbeing and daily functioning.

Injuries include neck pain/whiplash, fractures, low back injury, burns, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injury. In addition to related disability/impairment, many will also develop secondary conditions such depression, chronic pain, fatigue and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Such co-morbidities like depression can have a long-lasting negative impact on quality of life. Further, many will enter compensation, which can add another layer of distress following the injury.

Dr Diana Dorstyn is an international expert in the area of efficacy of psychological treatment for depression following serious injury, and she will deliver the first session on what psychological treatments work for managing depression after injury. She also has substantial experience in treating depression following serious injury.

Professor Craig has a long history of conducting research in depression and chronic pain in serious injury, as well as providing treatment for those who are depressed following injury, who have comorbidities like chronic pain and fatigue, and who are engaged in compensation. He will explore strategies that help people manage their mood and related problems like chronic pain and fatigue.

The above sessions will contain latest information vital for psychologists, rehabilitation counsellors, and other health professionals treating people with injury and engaged in compensation. Tips for successful treatment will be given and ample opportunity for questions and discussion will occur in the sessions.

Learning outcomes

1.Translate latest psychological knowledge into practice relevant to the psychological management of those with injuries following a traumatic accident like a motor vehicle crash or work accident.

2. Build professional capacity to promote resilience and post-traumatic growth in people who have suffered an injury.

3. Increase knowledge and application of effective strategies for promoting resilience in people who have experienced injury in traumatic circumstances.

4. Promote resilience and recovery in people with injury and secondary conditions like depression, chronic pain and anxiety.

5. Apply clinical strategies with an evidence base for assisting people to recover following traumatic injury


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About the presenter(s)

Dr Diana Dorstyn is a registered clinical psychologist and early career researcher with experience in the fields of injury rehabilitation, clinical and health psychology. She is a long-term member and current Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society’s Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group and an International Affiliate Member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology). She currently holds a position as Lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Adelaide, where she teaches and coordinates undergraduate and postgraduate programs. She has published widely on the efficacy of CBT for psychological problems following severe injury.

Professor Ashley Craig is a senior clinical psychologist and the Professor of Rehabilitation Studies in the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research, Northern Clinical School, The University of Sydney, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital. He has an international reputation in the field of injury and recovery, and clinical psychophysiology. He has won over $15 million in research funding from sources such as the NHMRC, ARC, SIRA, and NSW Health, and as well, has published over 200 papers, book chapters and refereed conference papers. He applies his research findings in his role as a senior clinical psychologist in a private psychology clinic where he helps clients manage psychological disorder and other conditions like chronic pain, fatigue, and social isolation associated with injury, the goal being to promote resilience and growth.


Please note AGM to be held from 2.00pm



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St Leonards

Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Auditorium, Level 5 Kolling Building
Corner Reserve Road & First Avenue, Royal North Shore Hospital
St Leonards, NSW 2065
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 27/11/2017
End date: 27/11/2017
Time: 9.30am -1.30pm / Please note AGM to be held from 2.00pm


RPIG subscriber $25
APS member $50
Non APS member $ 60
RPIG student subscriber & APS student member - FREE


APS - Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group - National Committee
The Rehabilitation Psychology Interest Group (RPIG) is focused on bringing together psychologists with an interest in the practice of rehabilitation psychology.
Contact Ashley Craig
0417 290 521