The Road Home, a leading veterans and emergency services charity, has signed a formal collaboration with the University of South Australia to transfer the reins of its highly successful Invictus Pathways Program (IPP) – an individually tailored training and fitness support program for veterans and first responders.
Now located at Uni SA, the IPP transfer further strengthens The Road Home’s commitment to providing the very best of research-backed programs for those who have served and continue to serve our Nation, with the charity signing on as major sponsor of the program for the next three years.
It also ensures greater opportunities for more significant investment into independent research, evaluation and adjunct therapies in the future. CEO Paul Flynn explains:
“When we established the IPP in 2017, The Road Home was keen to engage with a university that understood the power of sport and its positive effects on service personnel who have been wounded either physically, psychologically or socially. UniSA had the vision and experience to collaborate with us to foster the program’s growth; resulting in the successful program that it is today.
“With the IPP in very safe hands at UniSA, The Road Home can now continue to focus its attention on innovative research and life-changing and life-saving programs such as Art Therapy, STAIR (a peer-based counselling program), Drama Therapy and the popular art activity program on the ward at the Jamie Larcombe Centre, Glenside.
“We will also increase our focus on funding innovative research into post-traumatic stress and plan to cement this commitment with the appointment of world-renowned trauma researcher Dr Miranda Van Hooff (BA (Hons), PhD) as our Director of Research.
“Dr Van Hooff brings a depth of experience that will enable greater opportunities for targeted research plus stronger collaborations with key influencers in the veteran and first responder community. We are very excited by her appointment and are looking forward to welcoming her later this year.” Mr Flynn said.
About Dr Miranda Van Hoof (BA (Hons), PhD)
Currently the Director of Research at The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dr Van Hooff has extensive research expertise, conducting largescale epidemiological studies of trauma-exposed populations using both quantitative and qualitative research design.
Her early research career focussed on the long-term mental health outcomes of childhood exposure to trauma and adversity; her PhD examining the impact of childhood exposure to a Natural Disaster on adult mental health. More recently, her research has focussed on the mental health of Australian military and emergency service personnel.
From 2015-2019 Dr Van Hooff was Chief Investigator of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, Australia’s most comprehensive study examining the impact of contemporary military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families.
In 2010-2014, she was lead investigator on the ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study, the first study in Australia to establish the prevalence of ICD-10 Mental Disorder in the entire Regular ADF population. These studies have been strong drivers of change in DVA and Defence service provision, highlighting Dr Van Hooff’s success in the translation of epidemiological research into policy and practice.
In 2014, she was awarded an NHMRC partnership grant with the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service, examining the resilience, health and wellbeing of firefighters.
Dr Van Hooff collaborates with numerous Commonwealth and state-based organisations including DVA, the Department of Defence, the SA Metropolitan Fire Service, The Road Home, The Royal Society for the Blind and Assistance Dogs Australia. She has a keen interest in the development and evaluation of potential new and innovative adjunct treatments for PTSD and other mental health conditions including art therapy, interpersonal skills training, and PTSD Assistance Dogs.
Dr Van Hooff has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and 20 commissioned reports for the Department of Defence and Veterans Affairs and has contributed to a multitude of conference presentations and workshops both nationally and internationally.
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