The purpose of the Veteran Mental Health Initiative is to build a strong foundation of mental health research among the contemporary veteran cohort which will generate evidence to guide developments in procedures and practices to improve the wellbeing of the veteran and ex-serving community. Our flagship...
A battle of mind, body, and spirit
It’s been called ‘combat fatigue’, ‘shell-shock’, the ‘thousand yard stare’; post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has had a lot of names over the years, but not a lot of treatment options.
In 2013, GMRF in partnership with RSL Queensland commenced an ambitious research project to help veterans and their families.
The PTSD Initiative: Vietnam Veteran Study was a world-first study, investigating the physical and psychological toll of PTSD in Vietnam veterans.
This research now published in the prestigious Medical Journal of Australia, found that veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD displayed long-term poor health outcomes including heart disease, gastric complaints and sleep disorders.
Partnering with RSL Queensland
Since 2013, RSL Queensland has committed $6.75 million to support our research in to reducing the prevalence and severity of mental health issues, and assist with the transition to civilian life for ADF personnel. Read more about this
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Veteran Mental Health Initiative Lead
Dr Madeline RomaniukView full profile
PTSD Initiative Project Lead & Statistician
Dr Sarah McLeayView full profile
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Dr Justine EvansView full profile