High rates of PTSD prompt new guidelines

The NHMRC-approved Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, endorsed by the RACGP and released last week, state that between 5% and 10% of Australians have experienced PTSD at some time in their lives.

The guidelines, updated for the first time since 2007, now include recommendations on managing the disorder in children.

Professor David Forbes, director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, said it was important to speak to the child and the