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 and RSL (Queensland Branch) commenced an ambitious research project to help veterans and their families. The PTSD Initiative 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.

Working in partnership with RSL (Queensland Branch), we have implemented a national education campaign for healthcare professionals. Read more about this

Partnering with RSL (Queensland Branch)

Since 2013 RSL (Queensland Branch) has committed $6.75 million to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation to support research into 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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From Service to Civilian Life

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...

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