A policy report focused on young people, trauma and mental health (June 2018)

Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health has developed a policy report titled, Trauma and young people: Moving toward trauma-informed services and systems, focused on young people, trauma and mental health.

In particular, the report seeks to understand the extent to which the experiences and impacts of trauma are effectively assessed and responded to within youth-focused mental health services and identify opportunities that exist through government mental health policies, service planning and delivery, workforce development and research to improve this.

The report also describes the implementation and evidence base for Trauma Informed Care models which are being adopted across a range of systems and services in Australia focused on vulnerable young people including: mental health, justice, welfare, education, drug and alcohol supports and housing.

Information in this webinar is current as at June, 2018.

Who is this webinar for?

Clinicians, researchers and managers who work with young people in mental health services, primary care settings and other areas of health and human services, as well as community leaders, politicians and administrators charged with designing, developing and establishing mental health services for young people.

What will you learn in this webinar?

  • A shared definition and framework of Trauma Informed Care across to ensure effective and consistent integration.
  • An increased focus in research and evaluation on measuring the implementation and outcomes (beyond organisational awareness and perceived competencies) of Trauma Informed Care.
  • Mechanisms and incentives to improve cross system collaboration for young people with complex trauma histories.

Prior knowledge or reading


Dr Sarah Bendall

PhD, PGDipClinPsych, MA, BA

Dr Sarah Bendall is a Senior Research Fellow at Orygen, National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. She delivers, supervises and researches new psychological interventions for young people with complex mental health problems. Sarah is the lead investigator on the TRIPP study, a clinical trial of a psychological intervention to treat the symptoms of trauma in early psychosis in young people.

She is interested in young people’s experiences of mental health care and especially in developing and evaluating high quality mental health care for young people who have experienced childhood trauma.

Sarah lectures in clinical psychology and regularly trains mental health professionals in cognitive behavioural therapy for early psychosis and trauma and psychosis. 


Vivienne Browne

Vivienne Browne is a Senior Policy Analyst at Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health. Vivienne has worked for over 15 years in policy development, project management and program delivery for young people in state government, local government and the community sectors. Prior to working at Orygen, she held senior policy and management roles in the Victorian Government’s Department of Health and Human Services.

At Orygen, Vivienne has been responsible for developing a number of major policy reports and government briefings across a range of issues including: young people and self-harm, youth suicide prevention, university student mental health and eating disorders.

Breanna Large

Breanna Large

Bree is a double degree student studying social work and psychology at RMIT. She is completing her honours in social work in 2018, focusing on youth mental health policy and our understandings of building resilience in young people. Aside from study, Bree works as a disability support worker with young people who have autism and other disabilities. She is also a qualified athletics coach and is a competitive javelin thrower.