Dr Anthony Joseph
Associate Professor, University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Joseph is an Emergency Physician and former Trauma Director at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia until his retirement in 2022. He has been a teacher of medical students and emergency medicine trainees for many years.
He is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney and is the coordinator of a postgraduate “Essentials in Clinical Trauma Care “course at the University. He continues to work in emergency medicine in rural NSW. He is a past–President and co-founder of the Australasian Trauma Society and has held various positions as Chair and member of committees of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and was a member of the ACEM Court of Examiners for over 15 years.
Dr Joseph is an author or co-author over 40 publications published in peer-reviewed journals and has authored 8 chapters in medical textbooks. His research and teaching interests include trauma radiology, mental health issues after trauma and trauma in the elderly. He has been an invited speaker at both national and international meetings on a variety of subjects including emergency medicine, emergency ultrasound and various trauma-related topics.
Mental Health Issues after Serious Injury
While the treatment of physical injury is important, the development of mental health issues after serious injury is often not recognised and untreated. This presentation will review the current literature concerning the relationship between injury and mental health problems. I will also present the findings of a recent Australasian study which identified patients with mental health issues after injury and directed them towards psychological assistance. The management of mental health issues after injury is as important as managing the physical injury and may result in significant incapacity if not treated appropriately. I will provide some suggested follow-up identification and treatment options for these patients.