Military PTSD - thriving not just surviving!

This webinar was held on 20 April 2017

The webinar will cover:
  • What it’s like to live with Military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
  • How can PTSD affect veterans’ families?
  • When to seek care?
  • Why PTSD is treated?
  • Where to access care?

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Talissa Papamau
Talissa Papamau enlisted in to the Australian Regular Army in 2008, where she quickly excelled at her new career and was awarded Most Outstanding Soldier before commencing her initial employment training at the Army School of Health Latchford Barracks, Bandiana. She graduated from the Army School of Health in 2010 and was posted to the 2nd General Health Battalion (2GHB) in Brisbane. In 2012 Talissa was posted to 3rd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment and deployed on Operation Slipper, Uruzgan Province Afghanistan and was awarded the Afghanistan Campaign medal, Australian Active Service medal, International Security Armed Forces medal. She was promoted to the rank of corporal in 2013. In 2014 she was selected to participate in the Specialist Medical Technician course; a course designed for medical technicians posted to Special Operations. Talissa established the social media network ‘Modern Soldier’ on 02 Jan 2016, which has amassed over 34,000 followers to date and focuses on delivering veteran centric support and education resources for mental health conditions and issues affecting the ex-service community. Key projects associated with Modern Soldier are the online Post Traumatic Stress Education Series, the Military Children’s Engagement Project and ‘The Ones Left Behind’ closed support group for military families bereaved of suicide. Due to her involvement with Modern Soldier Talissa has worked to raise the profile of veteran affairs and experiences with a number of journalists and television programs. On the 30 Mar 2017 as the Founder of Modern Soldier and Executive Director of the Remembrance Foundation, Talissa launched a children’s book series with the Minister for Health Hon Greg Hunt MP and Minister for Veteran Affairs Hon Dan Tehan MP. She was recently honoured with a nomination for the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee and awaits the decision.
Geoff Evans
Geoff Evans served for 20 years with the Australia Army’s special operations command. Geoff deployed twice to East Timor and to Afghanistan and served as both a non-commissioned and commissioned officer. Geoff also had a distinguished 12 year career as a fire-fighter with Fire and Rescue NSW. In 2013 Geoff established Homes for Heroes, a national charity to support homeless veterans and their families and sits on the Prime Ministerial Advisory Council for Veterans’ Mental Health. For his work with vulnerable veterans he was awarded the 2015 Pride of Australia medal. Geoff graduated from Deakin University in 2009, with a major in International relations. He resides in Sydney with his wife and two children.
Dr Mark Creamer
Dr Creamer is a clinical and consulting psychologist, internationally recognised for his work in post-traumatic mental health. With over 30 years’ experience in the field, he has assisted individuals, communities, and organizations following distressing incidents of natural and human origin. In addition to his clinical practice, he works with government and non-government organisations to improve the recognition, prevention and treatment of psychological problems following stressful life events. Mark provides clinical policy and program advice, training, and research consultancy. He is a Professorial Fellow in the Psychiatry Department, University of Melbourne, and has an impressive research record with over 150 publications.
Dr Andrew Khoo
Dr Andrew Khoo attained his fellowship from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists in 2002, receiving a College medal for his final year dissertation on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has worked as a private psychiatrist in the Brisbane metropolitan area since 2002. Dr Khoo has also worked in the Day Programs at the Toowong Private Hospital (TPH) for the last 15 years providing CBT-based group therapy for PTSD, mood and anxiety disorders and has held the position of Director of this unit since 2004. In 2016, Andrew was nominated to the position of Director of Medical Services and Chair of the Medical Council at TPH which is seen as a specialist facility in PTSD, military and veteran’s mental health. Dr Khoo holds an academic title with the University of Queensland within the School of Medicine and has published and continues to publish academic papers in peer reviewed psychiatric journals. He is a member of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Clinical Reference Group, a national board tasked with advising on clinical issues and directions regarding veteran’s mental health. Andrew holds the Psychiatrist position on the Veterans and Veteran’s Families Counselling Service (VVCS) National Advisory Committee. He is the Psychiatric Advisor to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) and is also a member of the GMRF Strategic Oversight Committee. Dr Khoo is a current member of the Qcomp Medical Assessment Tribunals. He has chaired, been interviewed, presented or participated on panels around Australia and across all media platforms on Post Trauma psychological reactions and Military and Veteran’s Mental Health issues.
Dr Stephanie Hodson
Dr Stephanie Hodson works as the National Manager of the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS). She has worked for 26 years in the area of mental health and is herself an ADF veteran. She joined the Army in 1991. As an Army Psychology Officer she worked with Defence members in both clinical, research and organisational health roles both in Australia and on operational deployment. In 2006, Stephanie assumed command of the 1st Psychology Unit, responsible for all land-base mental health and psychology support to ADF operations. She also had the opportunity to deploy to both the Middle East Area of Operations and Timor Leste and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. Stephanie is passionate about providing evidence-base support to veterans and their families.

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