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Psychological Management of Burns.

Did you know that around a third of patients that present with a severe burn, also have a pre-existing mental health condition?

Furthermore, around 80% of patients report having had a major life event or severe stress prior to the burn. Therefore, psychological management of patients with burns is complex and so important.

This talk will help you discover if all burns are traumatic and how and why a trauma-related disorder may evolve. Furthermore, it will increase your understanding of how trauma responses can interfere with many aspects of physical and psychological recovery.

Caryl Barnes asks some challenging questions such as:

How do we give our patients some control back in situations where they have no control over what is happening to them?

How do we help our patients manage the rehabilitation process?

Crucially, how do we support our patients through their journey of acceptance and loss?

Appropriate psychological management of patients with burns can directly impact patient outcomes.

Tune in to a podcast from #CodaZero Live where Caryl Barnes shares her wealth of knowledge in this area.

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A/Prof Caryl Barnes

Caryl is a Senior Staff Specialist in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Royal North Shore Hospital and has a specific role providing psychiatric support to the State-wide Burns Unit. She is an Associate Professor and Course Coordinator for the Master’s in Medicine (Psychiatry) degree /CME course at Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney. She is interested in how technology can be used to provide treatments and enhance recovery in variety of mental health conditions. She still struggles however, to cope with a smart TV.