The Centre for

Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Network

About the network

Launched in 2018 the Interdisciplinary Trauma Research Network (ITRN) is funded through a SNaPP grant and led by sociologist and trauma expert Dr Kathleen McPhillips. It is housed in the Centre for the Study of Violence. The aim of the network is to build interdisciplinary expertise and research strength by bringing together academic researchers and health industry experts to understand and respond to the complex social challenges that the phenomenon of trauma presents, both in Australia and wider to the global community. In 2018 the network ran a national symposium, established a Writing Support Group, and is writing a co-authored journal article on interdisciplinary trauma.

ITRN Symposium

On Monday 11thJune 2018, 20 people gathered at NeW Space for the inaugural ITRN symposium and launch. The symposium bought together academics, advocates and clinical experts working in the field of trauma to engage in conversations across disciplines, organizations and industry to explore the possibilities for a wider, more inclusive understanding of trauma. Papers covered historical accounts of sexual violence and colonial violence, the work of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and reflections on the current state of trauma informed care by clinicians and advocates. International experts, Professors Joanna Bourke and Wendy Kline both gave presentations.

Writing Support Group

In July 2018, the ITRN established a writing group to provide a block of time for writing and to support members working in challenging research areas such as child abuse, impacts of war on the mental health of soldiers and community psychiatry. The group meets every Wednesday between 10am-12noon in MCLG18 and all members of the Centre for the Study of Violence and ITRN are welcome. Bring your laptop for some quality writing time without distraction.

The survivor story project

The Survivor Story Project

In 2019 ITRN will host a pilot project where a small group of survivors of institutional child sexual abuse will be invited to tell their life story which will then be produced as an audio file and uploaded to a UoN web platform, where it will be available for perpetuity. The innovative project is funded by the Marist Bros Australia Province and is part of social justice responses to the catastrophic impacts of child sexual abuse in the Hunter Valley.