Trauma-Informed Care Workbook

A “how-to” guide to trauma-informed practice in aged care

  • The key principles of trauma-informed care in aged care settings.
  • Immediate and longer term practical strategies you can select for your organisation.
  • Information about trauma-informed care and how it relates to person-centred care.
  • Practical strategies to help you support your staff in trauma-informed practice.

Who is it for?

This workbook is for managers and supervisors in aged care organisations. If you are an aged care manager, a nurse unit manager (NUM), or lead a wellbeing / lifestyle team, this workbook is for you.

What else is available?

To further support you in trauma-informed service delivery there is:

An online checklist with more detailed examples of how to strengthen trauma-informed practice and processes that could be included in your planning.

What’s covered in each section?

Introduction & About this workbook

This section includes:

  • Endorsements and outline of workbook aims
Trauma in older Australians

This section includes:

  • Trauma and ageing
  • Transitioning into aged care
  • Elder abuse
  • Providing inclusive care
What is trauma-informed care?

This section includes:

  • Principles of trauma-informed care
  • Link between trauma-informed practices and person-centred care and cultural safety
Actions to Support Trauma Informed Practice

This section includes:

  • An outline of organisational and individual requirements to implement trauma-informed care
  • Practical tips to help managers embed practices across their team and organisations
Top 5 trauma-informed practice actions

This section includes:

  • Core actions that managers need to prioritise
Opportunities for your practice

This section includes:

  • Thought provoking questions to help identify opportunities to strengthen trauma-informed practice
Case Studies

Case studies outline:

  • Collaborating with the older person’s family to build trust in the care plan
  • An older person with dementia, involving occupational violence and aggression towards staff
  • A person from a migrant background who may have experienced family violence

This section includes:

  • Definitions of key terms
  • Trauma-informed training for staff