Newcastle Complex Trauma MHPN

The Hummingbird Centre Director Alikki Russell has been the Coordinator of the Newcastle Complex Trauma MPHN since its inception in 2014. This MHPN offers free professional development and networking opportunities to over 500 local Medical and Allied Health Professionals who share an interest in Complex Trauma. Past presentations have included:

  • Understanding Brain-Behaviour Relationships in Complex/Developmental Trauma (Dr Jan Ewing - Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Neuropsychologist)
  • Dissociation (Dr Nick Bendit - Consultant Psychiatrist) 
  • Suicidality, Suicide Risk Management and Complex Trauma (Dr Ian McCracken - Consultant Psychiatrist)
  • Working with Clients who have Experienced Sexual Assault (Newcastle Sexual Assault Service)
  • Problematic Sexualised Behaviour (SPARKS Clinic, Child and Family Health Team) 
  • Trauma Centre Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) for Mental Wellbeing (Esther Van der Sande)  
  • Understanding Challenging Behaviours and Intellectual Disability Through a Trauma-Informed Lens (Natalie Pittman, Benjamin Coombe)
  • Perinatal Psychology, Attachment, and Early Developmental Trauma (Dr Rickie Elliot - Clinical Psychologist)
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) (Gisela Tonat - Psychologist and EMDR Consultant)

If you would like to be informed of any upcoming Newcastle Complex Trauma MHPN events, please contact Alikki Russell

Medicating Complex Trauma - First Do No Harm

Guest Speaker: Dr Ian McCracken - Psychiatrist 


The presentation will centre around a case study showing one example of how Ian and a large multifaceted team have, despite powerful pressures to do otherwise, significantly reduced the medications of a 15-year-old boy, for the better.

Part of the message is that we all – prescribers and non-prescribers – have an obligation to advocate for more judicious use of medications in those people with significant trauma in their background, especially when there is an absence of good quality evidence.

Date: Wednesday 20 March 2019 
Time: 6pm-8pm 
Samaritans - Warabrook Office
36 Warabrook Boulevard 
Warabrook NSW 2304

To register please contact Alikki Russell

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