CALD communities the focus of research into PTSD treatments

New research aims to tailor more effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

PTSD affects up to 10 per cent of Australians but that figure can be twice as high for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities.

The research is being led by Monash University Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health clinical psychologist Associate Professor Laura Jobson and was awarded almost $740,000 in funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Ideas Grants.

“A lot of the existing evidence-base for PTSD treatments is derived from Western patients and based on Western cultural norms and values,” Associate Professor Jobson said.

“However, many trauma survivors in Australia do not come from Western backgrounds.

“The aim of the research is to determine cultural influences on appraisals and emotion regulation in PTSD and to better inform the cultural tailoring of treatments.”

The research will focus on those who identify as Asian Australian, which is one of the largest culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia.

“This group is essentially absent from the PTSD literature and the field of psychological care has highlighted treatments for East Asian migrant

communities are poor.

“While treatment guidelines note that clinicians must be culturally informed, clinicians are not provided with adequate information to implement culturally adapted treatments.

“This research will provide clinicians with an evidence-based framework to guide the cultural tailoring of PTSD treatments and improve outcomes for patients from CALD communities.”