The School is proud to announce that Professor Justin Kenardy will be delivering this week's School seminar.
Serious non-intentional injury resulted in at least 2,500 hospital admissions per 100,000 children in Australia in 2003-2004 (AIHW, 2007). A third of children who are admitted to hospital for traumatic injuries develop clinical levels of traumatic stress in the three months following admission. Many of these children go onto recover but about one in ten children tend to go on to have ongoing psychological problems. Furthermore the effects of hospital experiences have also been documented in child transplant recipients and cancer survivors, as well as children who have been admitted to Paediatric Intensive Care Units. The term Medical Traumatic Stress has been used to describe the psychological and physiological responses of children and their families to pain, injury, medical procedures, and invasive or frightening treatment experiences. The presentation will describe a program of research aimed at delineating the extent of Medical Traumatic Stress in children, and responding to it.