PTSD Initiative: Research to Restore Lives

Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
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A Gap in Worldwide Knowledge

Long considered and treated solely as a psychological condition, there was very little understanding or evidence of the extent of the physical toll of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For the sake of our veterans, and all those who suffer from PTSD, this needed to change.

The PTSD Initiative

In 2013, the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) and RSL Queensland commenced an ambitious undertaking to help veteran and their families. The PTSD Initiative was a world-first research project investigating both the long term physical and psychological toll of PTSD in Vietnam veterans. Over 300 Vietnam veterans participated in the study which included 25 medical and psychological assessments.

Key Findings

The research published in the Medical Journal of Australia (April 2017) paints a clear picture of the “whole body” impact of PTSD independent of the typical disease risk factors such as age, obesity, smoking, and alcohol intake.

  • PTSD is a debilitating psychological disorder that develops following exposure to a traumatic event.
  • It can severely affect quality of life including negative impacts on relationship, social and vocation functioning, and physical health.
  • Prevalence is approximately 5% among the Australian population, and up to 20% among military veterans.
If you have any concerns about your health, see your GP.

Translating Research into Clinical Practice

We have launched a national GP Education program to help general practitioners better identify the symptoms of PTSD for veterans and the one in 20 Australians who suffer from this devastating condition. 
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