Authors: Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre
Event: 1996 TheMHS Awards
Type of resource: TheMHS Awards
Award state: VIC
Award level: Bronze
Award category: Specialist Service
Abstract: The ARMC PTSD Program is an innovative and cost-efficient assessment and treatment program which deals with both acute and chronic presentations of PTSD. It offers treatment to veterans, current Defence Force and Emergency Services Personnel. Using individual, family and group therapy, it aims to treat PTSD symptoms, generalised anxiety, anger, depression, social/living skill deficits, alcohol, marital and family problems and physical well-being. Across the range of services offered by the program, heavy emphasis is given to individual and group therapy work specifically related to trauma, alcohol abstinence, partner support, education about PTSD and its treatment, Anger Management, Depression and Interpersonal/Social Skill Development. Early results are promising, but emphasise the importance of early intervention. Description of Facility/Organisation: The ARMC PTSD Program is a Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) funded state-wide specialist service targeted to the needs of war veterans - younger (Vietnam Conflict) veterans, in particular - current Defence Force Personnel and Emergency Service Workers. It presently provides a range of treatment Programs, typically of 12 weeks duration. It is anticipated that the Program's role will expand beyond it's current client base over the medium term.