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23rd June 2022 Latest News

Service Children at the Forefront of New Program

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Service children as well as parents of former service personnel families living with Post-Traumatic Stress are at the forefront of new research, led by student researcher Karen May.

This project, proudly supported by Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA) aims to develop a research-backed program, for children and parents about understanding and living with parental Post-Traumatic Stress and self-care to improve wellbeing for the whole family.

Karen is running an seven-week pilot program with children and parents and these findings will help her design a specific program for more families in the future.

“During this first pilot study, we will ask participants throughout the program and at the end to tell us what has worked well, what doesn’t work and how we can improve it,” Karen said.

“With the help from our participants, this program has the opportunity to improve family life for service children and parents living with Post-Traumatic Stress.”

Karen will be seeking research participants who are:

  • A child aged 9 – 18 years of a veteran or emergency first responder parent with Post-Traumatic Stress
  • A veteran or emergency service first responder parent (Police/Fire/Ambulance) with Post-Traumatic Stress
  • A co-parent (partner of a veteran or first responder parent with Post-Traumatic Stress).

Information Sessions

Thursday 30 June, 6.30pm
Onsite at MESHA or online via Zoom

Thursday 28 July, 6.30pm
Onsite at MESHA or online via Zoom

Program Dates

9-13 years
Mondays at 4.30pm, commencing 8 August
Onsite at MESHA

14-18 years
Thursdays at 4.30pm, commencing 11 August
Onsite at MESHA
Week 1 & 2 Children’s group session, followed by parent group sessions
Week 3 – 6 Children’s group sessions only
Week 7 Children and parent group session

Parent group sessions available online via Zoom.

Click here for more information

Location: Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA) behind the Jamie Larcombe Centre, Eucalyptus Lane, Car Park 3, Glenside, SA 5083

For any enquiries or to RSVP to the information sessions, contact:
Karen May
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0481 004 444

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