MILITARY SERVICE TRAUMA RECOVERY PROGRAM
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on the health and quality of life of veterans and defence personnel and their families. This trauma may stem from a wide variety of military experiences.
HOW CAN THE PROGRAM HELP?
Toowong Private Hospital's Military Service Trauma Recovery Program is accredited by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and educates the person about trauma and PTSD, and its associated problems in order to facilitate recovery. The key issues targeted include:
- depression and anxiety
- substance abuse/use
- relationship difficulties
- physical health
- intrusive memories, flashbacks and nightmares
- anger management.
The program also provides information and support to partners by inviting them
to join the program at specific intervals to cover topics including:
- education regarding PTSD
- coping skills development
- focusing on personal needs.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM INVOLVE?
The primary treatment consists of group and one-to-one sessions. Patients are
required to attend 30 sessions in total; four days per week for six weeks and
then two days per fortnight for six weeks. Attendance is during the day and
patients return to their home or approved accommodation at the conclusion of
each day's session.
On completion of the primary treatment sessions, subsequent sessions are
provided at three and nine months to reinforce the skills and strategies learnt to
enhance recovery and prevent relapse.
ACCESS TO THE PROGRAM
A comprehensive assessment is performed by a psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker to identify individual needs and determine the person's suitability to enter Toowong Private Hospital's Military Service Trauma Recovery Program.
Ex-servicemen and current serving personnel, who hold a DVA gold card, or have written approval from the Department of Defence, may participate in the program. Those who hold a DVA white card may also be eligible; however, approval is first sought from DVA .