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

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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


Ph: 132 307

Better Health/Trauma-reaction and recovery


Information about Burns specific issues:

MSKTC (Model Systems Knowledge Translation Center) Fact Sheets:

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

e:  Attention: Allied health/nursing, VABS

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