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“I am a GP and have just had a few weeks of patients disclosing various things and have been looking for resources for them and their families and for me!I was impressed by the thoughtfulness and depth of information, fact sheets and resources.”


“Fantastic workshop. Has made me even more aware of how to approach and work with the people I see through work. Not only clients but my colleagues and myself and how we keep ourselves safe.”

ROBYN ANNETTS Partners in Recovery

“The trainer was engaging and intelligent. Finally found a training that was both interesting and relevant to my work. Thank you!”

ANONYMOUS Eastern Sydney Medicare Local

“Look forward to seeing change across national and state levels over the coming years. This is a great advancement for clinical and non-clinical staff when given the correct education. This will help shape future services and deplete stigmas.”

DENISE ROONEY Partners in Recovery

“This was excellent. It was a relief to be in an environment where resolution of trauma is regarded as important and worth working with. I believe if we take more note of this we can change the revolving door of hospitalisation for drug, alcohol, borderline personality issues, chronic depression etc.”


This education activity has been accredited by the RACGP QI & CPD Program for 4 Category 2 points.

Identifying and Responding to Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma (including abuse):
Professional Development for Primary Care Practitioners

General Practitioner GP trainingUnresolved childhood trauma including abuse (complex trauma) affects 5 million Australian adults. Such trauma is associated with substantial physical and mental health challenges and psychosocial issues. Daily and often unknowingly primary care practitioners see a number of such patients – with diverse presentations, high co-morbidity and/or unspecified pain (MUS). 

By attending this RACGP QI CPD category 2 activity GPs and nurse practitioners will be alert to the possibility of trauma underlying presentations and discrete diagnoses. They will also acquire the skills to recognise, identify, respond and refer appropriately to improve patient health and wellbeing outcomes as well as practitioner self-care.

By attending this two hour, professional development training,  primary care practitioners will be able to:

  • Differentiate between single incident and complex trauma
  • Identify possible adult health presentations of complex trauma
  • Identify symptoms and signs with a trauma-informed lens
  • Implement the 5 principles of trauma-informed care – safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, empowerment into daily practice
  • Implement strategies to respond and/or refer identified patients appropriately

Material presented in the training will be comprehensive, and will draw on the research based on the Blue Knot Foundation's Practice Guidelines for Treatment of Complex Trauma and Trauma Informed Care and Service Delivery

The Practice Guidelines have been officially recognised as an Accepted Clinical Resource by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Who should attend?

Primary care practitioners including GPs and nurse practitioner as well as practice staff

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“Blue Knot Foundation has a key role to play in the building of community capacity in care provision to those who have experienced childhood abuse and trauma in any environment.”

NIALL MULLIGAN Manager, Lifeline Northern Rivers

“I think Blue Knot Foundation is a fantastic support organisation for people who have experienced childhood trauma/abuse, for their families/close friends and for professionals who would like to learn how to more effectively work with these people.”

Psychologist Melbourne

“It's such a beautiful thing that you are doing. Helping people to get through this.”


“It was only last September when I discovered the Blue Knot Foundation website and I will never forget the feeling of support and empathy that I received when I finally made the first phone call to Blue Knot Helpline, which was also the first time I had ever spoken about my abuse.”


"At last there is some sound education and empathetic support for individuals and partners impacted by such gross boundary violations.”


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