The mental health of frontline clinicians has gained increasing awareness in recent years, recognising that repeated and/or significant exposure to traumatic events and other stressors such as violence can lead to burnout and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Is PTSD the latest fad, and a new definition to conveniently link clinicians to services built to support this diagnosis, or is PTSD and clinician mental health something that will effect most of us at some stage of our career? Have we become too soft, and by allowing ourselves to acknowledge PTSD are we embracing a concept that will inevitably see us falter when we need to step up to the plate and perform under pressure? This panel discussion brings together a range of experienced clinicians from the three disciplines; Medicine, Nursing and Paramedics, plus other acknowledged experts to explore these issues.[/twocol_one]
[twocol_one_last]About the Speakers
Miranda Van Hooff
Dr Van Hooff is currently the Director of Research at the University of Adelaide Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies. She qualified from her honours degree in Psychology in 1998 and in 2011 was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Medicine for her research into the longitudinal outcomes of childhood disaster exposure. Over the last 15 years she has conducted several large-scale longitudinal studies of traumatised and at-risk populations, in particular paediatric burn victims, childhood disaster survivors and children exposed to neurotoxins such as lead. She is currently the Chief Investigator for the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, a comprehensive national study jointly funded by the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. This programme is focussed on examining the impact of contemporary military service on the mental, physical and social health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families. In 2010 she was lead investigator on the ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study, the largest and most comprehensive study ever conducted on the prevalence of Mental Disorder in the entire ADF. A major deliverable of the ADF Mental Reform Program, this study provided the foundation for the next generation of the ADF mental health strategy and future evaluation of mental health interventions and services within the ADF. The results of this study have been presented on numerous occasions at both national and international conferences from 2011 through 2015. One of the most rewarding veteran research programs currently being undertaken by Dr Van Hooff is Operation K9. This study, conducted in collaboration with the Royal Society for the Blind and RSL South Australia is the first in Australia to evaluate the effectiveness of assistance dogs as a treatment adjunct for veterans with PTSD. In 2014, Dr Van Hooff was awarded a 3-year NHMRC partnership grant with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, examining the Resilience, Health and Wellbeing of Firefighters. In 2016 she was awarded a further research grant from the Repat Foundation- The Road Home to examine the prevalence of mental disorder including occupational risk and protective factors for poor mental health in South Australian Ambulance Personnel.
Nadja is the Nursing Director Emergency for the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) that provides healthcare to about 340 00 people in the SALHN catchment area and contends with up to 320 presentations per day through its Emergency Departments.
Nadja completed her training as a Registered Nurse, Mental Health Nurse and Midwife at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and went on to complete post graduate studies in Neonatal Cardiac and Adult Intensive Care at the Johannesburg General Hospital. Nadja actually met her husband whilst volunteering with the Ambulance service doing pre-hospital Emergency Care. Nadja also holds post graduate qualifications in Health Administration and is a certified TeamSTEPPS® and Crucial Conversations® trainer.
Nadja has worked in several senior nursing management roles within both the public and private sector in Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. Prior to joining the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network team, Nadja worked with the Gold Coast Hospital and Health Service as Director of Nursing for the Division of Emergency, Critical Care and Support Services and was instrumental in planning and executing the move and transition from the old to the new hospital of close on 500 beds.
Nadja has extensive experience in non-nursing roles including Service Director Demand and Access Management, Quality Manager and Clinical Risk Manager.
Nadja enjoys developing and adding successful, high functioning teams to her proven track record. She believes this boosts organisational outcomes through successfully managing rapid and strategic change