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The Australian Centre of Excellence for Post-Traumatic Stress (ACEPTS), located within clinical care at the Jamie Larcombe Centre at Glenside Campus, is leading the way in the provision of research that will see better outcomes and improved recovery for our veterans and their families.

With a key focus on collaboration and knowledge sharing, ACEPTS enables researchers from around Australia to work with universities, defence industry and support services all in the one unique location. It also gives researchers working on interventional therapies the chance to work closely with patients and staff.

Projects include:

Involving staff and carers in the discharge of inpatients from acute mental health care

Professor Sharon Lawn and her team at Flinders University are collaborating with clinical staff at the Jamie Larcombe Centre on this important project that aims to involve carers in the discharge process to increase the success of post-clinical care and recovery, and reduce re-admission rates.

Improving the effectiveness of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Post-Traumatic Stress

Professor Reg Nixon and his team from Flinders University are looking at ways to improve the effectiveness of this popular therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress by refining some of the processes for patients that are more resistant than others.

Children living in service families with a parent with PTSD

Karen May is undertaking a three-year PhD scholarship at the University of Adelaide. Her project aims to develop a family therapy model to support the mental health and wellbeing of children of veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress.

A qualitative study into the experience of transition from active service to civilian life among Australian Defence Force members

Dr Miranda Van Hooff from the University of Adelaide is undertaking a two-year project that looks at leaving military service. Building on the world’s largest longitudinal study of transition of Defence members and their mental health, this project is exploring the key elements in improving rates of wellbeing during the first three years of civilian life.

Seeking to understand the relationship between health behaviours and physical and psychological wellbeing in carers of servicemen and women

Dr Dannielle Post and her team at the University of South Australia are seeking to learn more about the types of support carers access. She is looking at the relationship between health behaviours, such as physical activity and sleep and how they affect the wellbeing of carers.

Evaluation of clinician versus peer-counsellor delivered Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) Program for veterans, ADF members and emergency services personnel

Dr Jon Lane from the University of Adelaide is conducting a Skills Training in Affective Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) program. It is a groundbreaking initiative aimed at improving emotional regulation, interpersonal communication skills and relationship skills for people who are at risk of service related stress or have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress. Sessions are regularly held at ACEPTS and are extremely popular. Visit theroadhome.com.au to find out more.

Adjuvant therapy research on the ward at the Jamie Larcombe Centre

Dr Elaine Waddell from Flinders University is working with doctors and staff to provide research structure and reporting to the new therapies being trialled such as mindfulness and pain management as well as trauma yoga.

Examining Art Therapy as an adjunct therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress

Holly Bowen from the University of South Australia is exploring the benefits of art therapy with the aim of seeing it become a prescribed therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress patients in the future.

Help us with the key projects at ACEPTS