Vicarious Trauma Prevention and Awareness Toolkit

A project looking to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian workers with funding received from the WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund.

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Creating supportive trauma informed workplaces

Vicarious Trauma is an occupational challenge for many Victorian Government Departments. The personal impact and cost to the workplace is high. There are many frontline employees working across Victorian Government Departments who are vulnerable to the mental health impacts of exposure to trauma.

About the program

Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) will work in partnership with the Departments of Justice and Community Safety and Health and Human Services, on a project to develop customised resources that provide knowledge and skills for government departments to address the trauma needs of staff, and create supportive trauma informed workplaces. This will be achieved through the development of an evidence-informed Vicarious Trauma Toolkit.

The toolkit will include customised tools and resources for workplaces or departments, and will help build capacity of departments to proactively address trauma impact through policies, procedures, practices, and programs. It will assist departments prioritise organisational change, and identify needs to mitigate risk and prevent trauma related mental health injury and illness.


WorkWell Toolkit

The WorkWell Toolkit is a free online tool. It uses a step by step approach to help business leaders to promote a mentally healthy workplace and prevent mental injury through access to tailored and relevant research, tools and information.

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