On Wednesday 6 November, MESHA (formerly The Road Home) was thrilled to open our inaugural Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress.
We began the day with two exceptional Masterclasses from Colleen Clark and Melissa Walker.
Colleen Clark MSW RSW joined us from Canada and presented on Accelerated Resolution Therapy to a very engaged group of first responders, fellow researchers and international delegates.
We were also treated to an insightful morning with Melissa Walker, Program Coordinator at the National Intrepid Centre of Excellence in the USA, who discussed the benefits of Art Therapy. This created important conversations amongst fellow South Australian Art Therapists who had the opportunity to gain valuable advice from Melissa and develop their own ideas from the Masterclass.
The Conference was officially opened by MC Graeme Goodings in the afternoon and delegates, researchers and global experts were honoured to hear a passionate Welcome to Country from Mickey O’Brien. MESHA CEO Paul Flynn welcomed delegates and researchers and we were honoured to also hear from SA Mental Health Commissioner Chris Burns who shared some powerful statistics on mental health within Australia and created a significant conversation around the importance of supporting those who are struggling from their own battles.
The day continued with presentations and research findings around the impact of post-traumatic stress on families, as well as veterans dealing with trauma and the impact on carers of veterans with post-traumatic stress.
The day ended with a strong panel discussion with researchers, international experts and those with lived experience who shared very rich insights in the way forward, especially on how we support our families of veterans and emergency service personnel.