Psychosocial Wellbeing

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Commonly, people show good adjustment to a burn injury, however some experience strong emotional responses post discharge impacting on every-day activities, relationships and their ability to return to work. This page outlines key aspects of psychosocial recovery following burn injury.

recognise stress responses, supporting clients’ psychological reactions

Useful social and psychological resources:

Australian Psychological Society (APS)

Ph: 1800 333 497

Phoenix Australia (Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health)

Ph:  (03) 9035 5599

Beyond Blue

Ph: 1300 22 4636

National Disability Insurance Scheme

Phone: 1800 800 110

My Aged Care

Ph: 1800 200 422

Centrelink

Ph: 132 307

Better Health/Trauma-reaction and recovery

Email: betterhealthchannel@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Information about Burns specific issues:

MSKTC (Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center) Fact Sheets:

Face IT

Enquiries

For clarification of information, or to speak with a burns clinician, please contact:

e: burnsunit@alfred.org.au  Attention: Allied health/nursing, VABS

References
  1. Blakeney PE, Rosenberg L, Rosenberg M, Faber AW. Psychosocial care of persons with severe burns. Burns. 2008 Jun;34(4):433-40.
  2. Edwards RR, Smith MT, Klick B, Magyar-Russell G, Haythornthwaite J, Holavanahalli R, et al. Symptoms of depression and anxiety as unique predictors of pain-related outcomes following burn injury. Ann Behav Med. 2007 Nov-Dec;34(3):313-22.
  3. Fauerbach JA, McKibben J, Bienvenu OJ, Magyar-Russell G, Smith MT, Holavanahalli R, et al. Psychological distress after major burn injury. Psychosom Med. 2007 Jun;69(5):473-82.
  4. Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center [Internet]. MSKTC; 2016. Psychological distress after burn injury; 2016 Nov. Available from: https://msktc.org/burn/factsheets/psychological-distress#information
  5. Pfitzer B, Katona L, Cleland H. Beyond flames: Pioneering a psychology role in a state-wide burns service. InPsych. 2016 Jun;38(3)
  6. Wallis H, Renneberg B, Ripper S, Germann G, Wind G, Jester A. Emotional distress and psychosocial resources in patients recovering from severe burn injury. J Burn Care Res. 2006 Sep-Oct;27(5):734-41.

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The Alfred Hospital gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support and contribution of Skilled Medical in funding this project.  For more information on Skilled Medical, please visit www.skilledmedical.com
Supported by:

Ambulance Victoria The Alfred Victorian Adult Burn Services at The Alfred The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne