07 January 2019

Understanding how best to respond to the needs of Australians living with personality disorder

This report reviews research to discuss the prevalence of personality disorders in Australia, evidence-based treatments, barriers to accessing care and the impacts of stigma and discrimination as well as making recommendations to improve mental health care for those with a personality disorder. Recommendations included establishing and disseminating existing evidence-based clinical guidelines for the management of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD); establishing consistent training and treatment standards to better prepare clinicians to work with personality disorder in an evidence-based and trauma informed way; and the implementation of  strategies to shift assumptions from health professionals that individuals with BPD cannot benefit from psychotherapy.