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Understanding the impact of traumatic distress

About The Event

Join us in Bathurst for a CPD evening on understanding the impact of traumatic distress, with Jo Mildenhall, who will be talking about her research exploring the psychosocial, emotional and relational impacts of traumatic incident exposure as well as summarising the latest developments in the UK ambulance services around employee mental health and wellbeing.

CSUSPA will provide drinks and pizzas

Venue details: Building 1411, room 240, Charles Sturt University , Bathurst Campus, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795

Jo Mildenhall

Paramedic/ Clinical Lead for Mental Health/ Researcher

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Since 1998, Jo has worked in various operational ambulance roles including that of Paramedic, Clinical Mentor and Team Leader. Following her attendance at a rail disaster in 2004, she became interested in the psychological welfare of ambulance staff; particularly around stress and traumatic distress, noting that within the profession at the time, there was little understanding of the impact and effects that could manifest from attending such calls, particularly distressing incidents where emotional connections had been made with those involved.

Concerned by the very limited knowledge and research available both within the United Kingdom and internationally, Jo was inspired to seek greater understanding of ambulance staff psychological wellbeing with a view to raising awareness of this critical issue. She completed a Masters degree in Trauma Psychology at the University of Nottingham, for which her original qualitative research study explored paramedics’ experiences of attending distressing calls, and of the support they experienced/didn’t experience afterwards. Further inspired by this work, Jo took up the voluntary position of TRiM Practitioner and Co-ordinator to offer support to her colleagues, and also qualified as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor, directly working with adults and children who have experienced psychological distress.

Jo currently works as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and is undertaking a PhD at University of York. Her focused ethnographic research seeks to explore the psychosocial, emotional and relational impacts of traumatic incident exposure upon ambulance employees and ambulance organisations. Critically, this work seeks to further understand at depth the effects of attending distressing calls, and provide recommendations for future developments to enhance psychosocial education, care and support for individuals, organisations and the profession.

In 2019, Jo was very fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust research fellowship, enabling her to travel to Australia and New Zealand to practically research paramedic and ambulance staff mental wellbeing programmes & support processes.

In the UK, Jo has spoken at a number of national and local conferences, and is the author of several staff mental health related publications.

Further information

Venue details: Building 1411, room 240, Charles Sturt University , Bathurst Campus, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795 Click here for campus map

Speakers

Jo Mildenhall, Paramedic/ Clinical Lead for Mental Health/ Researcher, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Since 1998, Jo has worked in various operational ambulance roles including that of Paramedic, Clinical Mentor and Team Leader. Following her attendance at a rail disaster in 2004, she became interested in the psychological welfare of ambulance staff; particularly around stress and traumatic distress, noting that within the profession at the time, there was little understanding of the impact and effects that could manifest from attending such calls, particularly distressing incidents where emotional connections had been made with those involved. Concerned by the very limited knowledge and research available both within the United Kingdom and internationally, Jo was inspired to seek greater understanding of ambulance staff psychological wellbeing with a view to raising awareness of this critical issue. She completed a Masters degree in Trauma Psychology at the University of Nottingham, for which her original qualitative research study explored paramedics’ experiences of attending distressing calls, and of the support they experienced/didn’t experience afterwards. Further inspired by this work, Jo took up the voluntary position of TRiM Practitioner and Co-ordinator to offer support to her colleagues, and also qualified as an Integrative Therapeutic Counsellor, directly working with adults and children who have experienced psychological distress. Jo currently works as the Clinical Lead for Mental Health at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and is undertaking a PhD at University of York. Her focused ethnographic research seeks to explore the psychosocial, emotional and relational impacts of traumatic incident exposure upon ambulance employees and ambulance organisations. Critically, this work seeks to further understand at depth the effects of attending distressing calls, and provide recommendations for future developments to enhance psychosocial education, care and support for individuals, organisations and the profession. In 2019, Jo was very fortunate to be awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust research fellowship, enabling her to travel to Australia and New Zealand to practically research paramedic and ambulance staff mental wellbeing programmes & support processes. In the UK, Jo has spoken at a number of national and local conferences, and is the author of several staff mental health related publications.

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Event Information

Date
5th Mar 2020
Time
18:30 – 21:30
Venue
Building 1411, room 240, Charles Sturt University , Bathurst Campus, Panorama Avenue, Bathurst, NSW 2795
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