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9th November 2021 Events

Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress 2019

Day 3 Global Alliance Conference on Post Traumatic Stress

Global thought leaders gathered in Adelaide to support the wellbeing of service members and their families.

The Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress (GACoPTS) 2019 showcased the latest research, effective models of care for trauma, the power of collaboration and future directions for wellbeing for current and former military, emergency service personnel and their families.

Over three days participants heard from a range of experts including trauma therapists, lived experience programs and a number of global thought leaders on research, treatment and multidisciplinary models of care.

The conference was aimed at leading researchers, clinicians, service providers, lived experience participants and policy makers in Defence and Veterans Affairs and Mental Health.

Associate Director of Military and Emergency Services Health Australia, Karen May is working closely with sector advisors and thought leaders to build on alliances from this thought provoking and impactful gathering.

Key Themes:

  • Big picture thinking about models of care and how we can improve them
  • Learning about the very latest research and therapies to treat and support related issues for Post-Traumatic Stress for military members, emergency service personnel and their families
  • Build recommendations and a pathway for future research and services.

 GACoPTS White Paper – Report of Key Recommendations

Thank you to our sponsors, including the South Australian Mental Health Commission, University of South Australia and the Police Association of South Australia.

Click here to access the full program

To register for information on our next Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress, scheduled for 2023 please email Ella Price at [email protected].

View speaker presentation videos and PowerPoint presentations below:

Conference Opening Address:

GACoPTS 2019 Opening Address

Presented by Paul Flynn, Chief Executive Officer, The Hospital Research Foundation Group and Chris Burns OAM, Former South Australian Mental Health Commissioner

Models of Care and Post-Traumatic Growth:

Models of Care for Post-Traumatic Stress: Interdisciplinary Care
Presented by Dr Stephen Boucher, former Chief Psychiatrist OSI, Calgary, Canada

Programs for Post Traumatic Growth
Presented by Josh Goldberg, Author of StruggleWell and Co-Founder and Executive Director of BoulderCrest Institute for Post -Traumatic Growth (USA)
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Peer Work and Programs: Storyright – Empowering Veterans Through Narrative
Presented by Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare, Founder-StoryRight, University of South Australia
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A New Peer Workforce Model for Australia and the Peer Based STAIR Program
Presented by Dr Jon Lane, Lieutenant-Colonel Psychiatrist, Australian Army
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Families Research and Programs:

Family Involvement in Post-Traumatic Growth: Missed Opportunities from Living Vicariously with PTSD
Presented by Professor Sharon Lawn, Flinders Human Behaviour & Health Research Unit, Flinders University, South Australia
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Programs for Serving Families: USA
Presented by Tish Stropes, Vice President Strategic Initiatives, Fisher House Foundation
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Families perspective – Gwen’s Story
Presented by Gwen Cherne, Australian War Memorial Council, War Widow’s Guild and Advisor on Veteran Families issues

Families Panel – Research, Programs and Lived Experience
Facilitator: Karen May
Panellists: Professor Nicola Fear, Gwen Cherne, Tish Stropes, Prof Sharon Lawn, Cleo Field, Associate Professor Heidi Cramm

Serving Families – The Canadian Research
Associate Professor Heidi Cramm, Phd,
Associate Scientist, Canadian Institute of Military Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada Scholar in Residence (Family), Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment
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Who cares for the carers?
Presented by Dr Dannielle Post, Research Alliance for Research in Exercise & Nutrition (ARENA) University of South Australia, School of Health Sciences

Emergency First Responder Research:

Public Safety Personnel: Contemporary Evidence-Informed Considerations for Supporting Mental Health
Presented by Dr Nicholas Carleton, Principal Investigator on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Longitudinal PTSD Study; Scientific Director for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment

Police Psychological Support Model
Presented by Stacey Ferland, Manager, Psychological Services Division, Calgary Police Service, Alberta Canada
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Taking Care of Police Mental Health in Australia
Presented by Mark Carroll, National and South Australian President of Police Association

Help-seeking for Mental Health Concerns by Emergency Service First Responders
Presented by Professor Nicholas Procter, RN, MBA, PhD, Chair: Mental Health Nursing and leader of the Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Research Group, University of South Australia
Presented on behalf of principal study investigator Dr Amy Baker, Principal Investigator (University of South Australia)

For further information about this study email: [email protected].

First Responders Panel – Research, Programs and Lived Experience
Facilitator: Karen May
Panellists: Dr Miranda Van Hooff, Michael Morgan, Dr Jon Lane, Stacey Ferland, Matt Newlands

Military Populations Research:

Combat, Transition, First Responders and Families – The Australian Context
Presented by Dr Miranda Van Hoof, Director, Military and Emergency Services Health Australia, Director of Research, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide
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Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, University of Adelaide
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Dr Galina Daraganova, Executive Manager, Longitudinal & Life Course Program, Australian Institute of Family Studies
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Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Study: the New Zealand Context
Presented by Associate Professor David McBride, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, University of Otago, New Zealand
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Professor Cherie Armour, Psychological Trauma and Mental Health, Queen’s University Belfast, President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society
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Creative Therapies:

Research into Trauma Informed Art Psychotherapy
Presented by Dr Holly Bowen-Salter, Senior Research Officer, Military and Emergency Services Health Australia.
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Art Psychotherapy
Presented by Melissa Walker, Art Therapist/Healing Arts Program Coordinator, National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE), US Defense
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Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of Army/Navy/Air Force, Department of Defense, the National Endowment for the Arts Office of Research & Analysis, the National Endowment for the Arts or the U.S. Government. The National Endowment for the Arts does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of the information included in this material and is not responsible for any consequences of its use.

Creative Therapy Panel – Research, Programs and Perspective
Facilitator: Karen May
Panellists: Melissa Walker, Associate Professor Jordan Williams, Karin Foxwell, Dr Holly Bowen-Salter, Dr Sharon Mascall-Dare

Active Programs:

Invictus Pathways Program Australia
Presented by Dr. Katia Ferrar, Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity, University of South Australia
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Active Therapy and Research – UK
Presented by Martin Colclough, Help for Heroes, UK

Active Programs Panel – Research Programs and Lived Experience – Active Warriors
Facilitator: Karen May
Panelists: David Wiseman, Martin Colclough, Dr Katia Ferrar, Josh Goldberg, Mark Daniels, Emilea Mysko

Research Speed-Dating; introductions to new research:

Word by Word – Using language to Build Mental Wellbeing
Presented by Dr Leanne Glenny & Dr Collette Snowden, University of South Australia
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Veterans Occupational Therapy – Mental Health and Outdoors Programs
Presented by Nathan Kerr, PhD Student, University of Newcastle
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Equine Therapy
Presented by Suzanne Desailly, General Manager National Operations, Mates 4 Mates
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Veterans in the Criminal Justice System
Presented by Dr Elaine Wadell, Dr of Public Health, Flinders University, South Australia
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General Introductions:

Serving Women: Lived Experience Story
Presented by Colonel Susan Neuhaus, CSC (Ret’d), Consultant Surgeon, Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Adelaide
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Global Context – Environmental Scan & Gaps in Research
Presented by Karen May, Associate Director, Military and Emergency Services Health Australia
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Conference Wrap Up:

Brokering Knowledge Change-Conference Wrap-up
Presented by Associate Professor Robert Lippiatt, Strategic Business Advisor, Chair-ASCN International Webinar and Working Roundtable Program on Military, Veterans and Families Wellbeing

Heidi Cramm, PhD, Associate Scientist – Canadian Institute of Military Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Canada, Scholar in Residence (Family) at the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research & Treatment

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