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A conversation with Special Interest Group members

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The Centenary of Anzac Centre and Phoenix Australia jointly hosted more than 100 members from Professional Colleges and Special Interest Groups on Military and Veteran Mental Health for a collaborative discussion about advances in brain stimulation treatments and the impact for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other signature mental health problems found in our veteran community.

Featuring Professors Paul Fitzgerald and Kim Felmingham, the discussion explored specific advances in brain stimulation treatments, as well as developments in adjunctive treatments for PTSD.

Professor Paul Fitzgerald, an international leader in brain stimulation treatments, spoke about the emerging evidence for brain stimulation in trauma related disorder. Professor Fitzgerald said, “We know treatment dropout rates are lower for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) than for medication. But we need large scale multi-site trials to confirm efficacy.”

Professor Kim Felminghan joined the discussion with a presentation on advances in adjunctive treatments for PTSD. Professor Felmingham said, “Exposure-based therapy for PTSD is the gold-standard treatment and is evidence-based, yet approximately 40% of patients display a partial or non-response. We need to find ways to improve treatment response in patients with PTSD.”

The remainder of the day saw representative members of Professional Special Interest Groups present a panel discussion, followed by facilitated discussion groups.


It was clear from the energy in the room that there is a high level of passion and enthusiasm for working with veterans. Members embraced the unique opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues from across many disciplines and to explore future opportunities to build a stronger veteran and military mental health community.”

Jane Nursey, Director Practitioner Support Service for the Centenary of Anzac Centre.