The Prince’s Charities Australia, in partnership with Phoenix Australia –Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, is developing an evidence based framework for psychological recovery after trauma and disaster. Known as the International Program Promoting Adjustment and Resilience (InterPAR), the early-intervention framework addresses a notable gap in current disaster management that is usually reactive rather than proactive.
Importantly, InterPAR (International Program Promoting Adjustment and Resilience) is uniquely designed to be delivered by frontline disaster workers, which will help increase the access and reach of the intervention in communities impacted by trauma and disaster.
Completed in November 2015, Phase One of the partnership project convened an international consortium of 21 mental health, trauma and disaster experts at a roundtable in Sydney to discuss methodology and trial processes. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales attended the official opening of the two-day roundtable and met with the roundtable participants and emergency services personnel.
With funding support from the Commonwealth Department of Health, the Phase Two trial of the framework has commenced in the bushfire-prone Pinery Fire area of South Australia. InterPAR resources have been developed, and include client workbooks, manuals for coaches delivering the program, training and supervision materials. The 12-month pilot program has been made possible through the collaborative efforts with the Country South Australian Primary Health Network, the Northern Health Network, and the Australian Red Cross.
If you know of anyone effected by the Pinery and Sampson Flat fires and would like to engage in the pilot-program or find out more information, please contact Jason Blunt, Project Officer, 0484 568 878 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
One the pilot study has concluded, we will collectively review the structure, suitability and impact of the program. Phase Three will then build upon these findings to test the efficacy of the InterPAR intervention through a world-first, randomised control trial.
This initiative will not only achieve an important outcome for the Australian community, but will also reinforce Australia’s role as a leader in this high profile international program.