New research centre to support vets with PTSD

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan launched a new government-funded research centre into Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which he hopes will improve the lives of veterans and their families.

Mr Tehan today launched the $6 million Centenary of Anzac Centre at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne to be operated by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.

Mr Tehan said the new centre represented one of the most significant investments into the research of military-related PTSD in Australia.

“More than 30,000 Australian veterans have an accepted service-related disability for PTSD,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Anzac Centre will undertake pioneering research and provide expert advice to practitioners nationwide who are supporting veterans with PTSD.

“More veterans are seeking help for their PTSD – and getting that help.

“The government’s investment in the Centenary of Anzac Centre will lead to improved treatment of mental health conditions, including PTSD.”

Director of Phoenix Australia Professor David Forbes said the Centenary of Anzac Centre would provide a unique opportunity to establish a strong national collaboration of researchers, clinicians, ex-service organisations and all agencies caring for veterans, to work together to find new solutions and improve care.

Todays announcement follows the launch of a Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) trial by Phoenix Australia earlier this year.

FILE PHOTO: Corporal Chris May from the School of Armour, Major General Mark Kelly (retired) from the Repatriation Commission, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force Air Vice Marshall Tracy Smart, Chair of Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Michael Strong and Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan, at the launch of the Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) trial in Melbourne – 3 February 2017. Photo by Corporal Mark Doran.

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