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In 2012 Organisational Wellbeing released articles on a range of mental health topics. The article on PTSD was the most visited article in the series.
For this reason, we’d like to share a new product on the market to help PTSD sufferers. The product called PTSD Coach was been developed by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health. It was developed on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
PTSD Coach Australia is an adaptation of the US Department of Veterans Affairs’ PTSD Coach app, and has been designed specifically for the Australian setting. While the app was developed to help current and former serving members of the Australian Defence Force, it will also be beneficial to other people suffering from PTSD.
The app is free from iTunes and Google play
The PTSD Coach is not designed to self-diagnose PTSD. A diagnosis of PTSD can only be made by a trained medical professional. It can however help people assess their own behaviours and symptoms. If the assessment indicates a high level of PTSD symptoms, the app recommends the user to visit their GP or mental health professional to discuss the matter further.
If the assessment indicates a high level of PTSD symptoms, you might also like to discuss this with one of the CFA’s welfare providers.
CFA provides a range of Welfare Services to support CFA members and their immediate family members who may require support in response to difficult or potentially traumatic life events. These events may be personal in nature or related to a member's involvement with CFA, for example attending at a potentially traumatic event.
Welfare services are short term in nature. Members with long term clinical or complex needs will be linked to appropriate services where relevant, such internal services (WorkCover or Volunteer Compensation) and external community based agencies.
Any member or family members can access support at any time.
Peer support can be accessed through the Rostered Duty Officer, Office in Charge, Line Manager, the Peer Coordinator or via the CFA Welfare line (ph 1800 628 616)
Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International on 1800 337 068
Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting PPC Worldwide on 1300 361 008
For more information on the PTSD Coach app, including a Clinician Guide, visit the At Ease website www.at-ease.dva.gov.au