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The Road Home 2017 Research Grants

Friday 14 July, 2017

The Repat Foundation – The Road Home has recently announced the outcome of their 2017 grant round to improve the health and wellbeing of our veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.

2017 Research Grant Round Recipients:

  • Professor Sharon Lawn from Flinders University is the successful recipient of Prabha Seshadri Grant for $60,000, for her project titled: Living vicariously with PTSD: how partners experience and can better support those who are exposed to traumatic events in the course of their work. Prof Lawn is further investigating the impact Post-Traumatic Stress has on partners of contemporary veterans and emergency service personnel. Her aim is to ensure improved systems are put into place to help partners’ better support their loved ones when experiencing a traumatic event during their work. Describing partners as ‘invisible carers,’ Prof Lawn and her team will interview 20 veteran partners and 20 partners of emergency service personnel as part of this research.

    If you are a partner of someone living with Post-Traumatic Stress and are interested in being involved in this project please contact The Road Home on (08) 7002 0880 or email ATT: Communications:

  • Dr Amy Baker from the University of South Australia is one of the successful recipients of a 2017 Grant of $50,000 for her one year project titled: Help-seeking for mental health concerns by emergency service first responders. Dr Baker will be focusing on emergency service personnel who have been exposed to traumatic incidences and can identify health concerns related to their work as first responders. With an aim of better understanding the barriers and enablers of help-seeking, herself and her team want to speak with at least 15 emergency service personnel. The second phase of the project will be working with those affected to design and trial some strategies that will hopefully address barriers to help-seeking.
  • Dr Leanne Glenny from the University of South Australia is the second successful recipient of a 2017 Grant of $50,000 for the one year project titled: Achieving positive health outcomes for trauma affected veterans and first responders. This research will mean that for the first time globally, a language guide will be developed for the media and organisations that support or report on people living with Post-Traumatic Stress. The aim of this is to empower individuals, community groups and the media with an understanding of how language can be used to positively affect the health and wellbeing of trauma affected personnel who have served, or are serving, in the ADF and emergency services. Along with a language guide, Dr Glenny and her team are eager to create workshops for ex-service organisations and other supporters to provide suggestions and tips gathered from their research on the type of language that can empower those living with Post-Traumatic Stress.

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