Thu, 16 April 2020
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect anyone as the result of public or personal disaster, but is particularly associated with defence and emergency services personnel. There is growing recognition of gaps in detection and support of veterans, police, and other groups at high risk of traumatic experience, including formal investigations such as the Productivity Commision's report A Better Way to Support Veterans (2019), which described the system for veteran's compensation and rehabilitation as 'not fit for purpose'. The June 2020 Australasian Psychiatry podcast interviews Professor Sandy McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide. Professor McFarlane is an internationally recognised expert in the field of disasters and post-traumatic stress disorder, for which he was awarded the Order of Australia in 2011.