On Thursday 7 November, MESHA (formerly The Road Home) continued its Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress.
After a successful first day of the Conference, researchers continued important conversations with each other, encouraging collaborations and innovative ideas from the global experts.
Stacey Ferland, Manager of the Psychological Services Division at the Calgary Police Service in Alberta, Canada began the morning sharing some of the progressive and innovative supportive initiatives put in place for police officers with post-traumatic stress.
Two of MESHA’s grant recipients also shared their research findings; Professor Nicholas Procter on behalf of Dr Amy Baker presented their results looking into the barriers of help-seeking for first responders. Professor Sharon Lawn also explained her findings around the impact post-traumatic stress has on family members.
The morning continued with a strong panel discussion around caring for emergency service personnel and how to help them transition from their job to everyday life. The panel consisted of Matt Newlands (former police officer), Michael Morgan (Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) and MESHA Board Member), Dr Jon Lane (veteran and Lieutenant-Colonel Psychiatrist) Stacey Ferland and Dr Miranda Van Hooff (Director of Research at the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide). This created progressive and important conversations around how we care for our emergency service personnel and also the importance of adapting and implementing training methods to help these men and women handle confronting and stressful situations.
Conversations continued throughout the afternoon’s presentations, which included researchers from Australia, UK and USA covering the impact of sport for recovery and how Art Therapy can create a healing environment for veterans and emergency service personnel.
The day ended with an interactive workshop, where researchers discussed the models of care for veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.