This paper focuses on the effects of childhood trauma on healthy neural development. An alarming study of 10,000 adolescents indicates that one in every four to five youths meets the criteria of a severe impairment across the lifetime. Studies also indicate the positive effects of early interventions to enhance neural activation and facilitating resilience. Historical events and current logistical obstacles in rural and remote environments indicate significant challenges to address childhood trauma resulting in enhanced risk of long term violation of basic needs. The net result is detrimental neural development, compromised resilience and trans-generational deficit. Challenges are identified and intervention strategies suggested.
Paper presented by Dr. Pieter J Rossouw, School of Psychology, School of Social Work and Human Services,The University of Queensland at the 4th Australian Rural and Remote Mental Health Symposium, Adelaide (SA), 19-21 November 2012