New Resource: Trauma-informed Healthcare

Wednesday, 22 July 2020


We are excited to launch ‘Trauma informed healthcare’ a resource for health practitioners supporting children and whānau.
This has been a collaborative project across three workforce centres: LeVa, Te Pou and Werry Workforce Whāraurau.


Trauma impacts the health and wellbeing of many people in Aotearoa New Zealand. Community trauma, such as a pandemic or earthquake can exacerbate people's own experiences of trauma and adversity. How we respond can help enable whānau to regulate and restore their wellbeing.


It provides guidance on how health services can become trauma-informed when supporting children and whānau. 


A trauma-informed approach shifts our focus from what is wrong with a person, to understanding what has happened to a person and how this impacts them.

The benefits of creating trauma-informed environments include safer spaces for staff, improved clinical decision-making and building collaborative care networks to help address the needs of the whole person and whānau.


The resource is available online for you to download as a handy A5 booklet, with a pull-out A4 page for quick reference on the Six Guiding Principles of a Trauma-informed Approach for practitioners and services.

“It is fantastic and will be a really useful resource for primary care” – Primary Care Nurse

 “A very comprehensive resource and very useful” – General Practitioner

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