More than 45 of the world’s leading experts on Post-Traumatic Stress gathered at Adelaide Oval for the inaugural Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress, supported by MESHA (Formerly The Road Home and the Australian Centre of Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress (ACEPTS).
Held from 6 – 8 November 2019, participants heard from a range of experts including trauma therapists and a number of global thought leaders on research, treatment and multidisciplinary models of care for veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.
Speakers and participants had the opportunity to attend masterclasses, panel discussions and hear from keynote speakers with the goal of improving outcomes and care.
One of the key highlights was the address by world-renowned researcher Professor Nicola Fear, Director of the King’s Centre of Military Health Research, London.
“The Conference was a fantastic opportunity to share ideas and learn from others working in the field of Post-Traumatic Stress,” Prof Fear said.
“I was privileged to share my research with attendees on the experience of having a family member with Post- Traumatic Stress. This highlighted the importance of looking at the family unit and not just the individual.”
Karen May, Associate Director of MESHA said the Conference was a great opportunity to open up timely and important discussions regarding the mental health of veterans and first responders.
“Attendees gained firsthand knowledge from global leaders in the veteran and first responder mental health space. This is something that’s never happened in Australia before,” Karen said.
Melissa Walker, Program Director at the National Intrepid Centre of Excellence in the USA shared her insights on Art Therapy in her masterclass, which created important conversations amongst fellow South Australian Art Therapists.
“I left the Global Alliance Conference on Post-Traumatic Stress inspired and motivated by the research that has been completed by colleagues from many different nations. Specifically, I am motivated to further extend integrative treatment offerings such as the creative arts therapies to military families, first responders and communities suffering from natural disaster,” Melissa said.
The Road Home would like to thank all delegates for attending the Conference and we would also like to acknowledge our MC, Graeme Goodings, who was outstanding in leading the Conference and provided undivided attention to all speakers, offering a personal reflection after each presentation.
It was truly incredible to see global leaders together sharing and collaborating their ideas to improve the health and wellbeing of our veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.