Grief, Trauma and Anxiety

Date produced 06 June 2011

This webinar addresses the issues associated with responding to the grief, trauma and anxiety experienced by people affected by natural disasters.

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Watch this facilitated interdisciplinary panel discussion to:

  • acquire skills to identify mass, personal and/or vicarious trauma in patients, treatment teams and communities
  • recognise the key principles of intervention and the roles of different disciplines in providing a staged response to trauma - including psychological first aid, psychological recovery, and post traumatic mental health conditions.


Dr Michael Carr-Gregg
Qualifications: PhD MAPS
Profession: Adolescent psychologist
Based in: Kew, Melbourne, Victoria

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is an adolescent psychologist working in private practice in Kew, Melbourne. He has held a variety of appointments including:

  • Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation and Director of the Centre for Social Health at the University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne (1993).

In addition to being the Agony Uncle for Girlfriend Magazine for the last 6 years, Michael is also the parenting expert for Channel 7's Sunrise and the Morning Show, and is a social commentator on Fairfax radio 3AW.  


  • Associate Professor David Forbes, clinical psychologist, Melbourne
  • Ms Janis Hinson, social worker, Brisbane

Facilitator: Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, psychologist, Melbourne

  • Associate Professor Malcolm Hopwood
    Qualifications: MBBS, MD, MPM FRANZP
    Profession: Psychiatrist
    Based in: Melbourne, VIC

    Associate Professor Malcolm Hopwood is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of the Psychological Trauma Recovery Service at Austin Health. He has been in the role of the Director of the PTRS, formerly the Veterans' Psychiatry Unit since year 2000.

    In that role has been involved in the evolution of a range of new services for veterans and others with mental health disorders such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mood Disorders and Alcohol Dependence.

    Associate Professor Hopwood is currently:

    • Joint Acting Director of the University of Melbourne's Department of Psychiatry at Austin health
    • Chair of the Victorian Branch of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

  • Janis Hinson
    Profession: Director
    Based in: Brisbane, QLD

    Janis Hinson is the Director of Social Work Services, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH). She has recently returned to this role from a secondment to the Human Social Incident Management Team as Deployment Manager for Disaster Recovery for Queensland Health during the summer floods and cyclones in Queensland.

    She has a long history of working in the tertiary health setting. Her clinical practice expertise includes:

    • domestic violence
    • male and female sexual assault
    • women's health
    • paediatric oncology
    • critical incident debriefing
    • bereavement and grief and loss.

    She has had a major focus on child protection practice both in Queensland and London. 

    Jan's professional practice has had a focus on service development. She developed and managed:

    • the first Non Accidental Injury to Children Unit in the Borough of Kingston-on-Thames, London
    • the first Parent Aide Unit in Brisbane
    • the Brisbane Sexual Assault Service
    • Queensland's first Statewide After Hours Sexual Assault Helpline.

    She has more recently established the first Child Protection Liaison Officer team in the RBWH and is currently involved in a new model of sexual assault service provision to men and women.

    Jan has been in management positions since very early in her career, both in Australia and the UK. She has worked in statutory agencies such as Centrelink and Dept Social Services (UK) but has focused largely on health in both paediatric and adult settings.

    She is in the process of submitting her PhD for examination. Her study investigates the impact of working with trauma in a complex hospital organisation. This was a multi-sited study that will contribute to the understanding of reported experiences and the emotional labour of social workers in this difficult field of practice. 

  • Associate Professor David Forbes
    Profession: Clinical psychologist
    Based in: Melbourne, VIC

    Associate Professor David is a clinical psychologist with many years' experience in the assessment and treatment of mental health problems following trauma. He is currently:

    • Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
    • Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Melbourne
    • Chair of the working party for the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Adults with Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.

    He has worked in both acute crisis and continuing care settings across the community mental health system and in specialist traumatic stress services. He has also published widely in the area of post-traumatic stress in the international literature.

Participants who attended the webinar provided the following feedback:

Learning needs

94% indicating their learning needs were entirely or partially met.

Relevance to practice

96% indicated the webinar was entirely relevant or partially relevant to their practice

Practice change

67% intend to make some change to their practice as a result of participating in the webinar.

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