Posts by Maria Humphries

Improving treatment options for sleep problems and PTSD

Sleep difficulties contribute to poor quality of life and frequently accompany mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Poor sleep is both a risk…

Anzac Day 2020 – A call for all Australians to protect and defend

As the sun rises to mark the dawn of Anzac Day 2020, Australians will not gather to commemorate our fallen. We will not attend our…

Advice to psychiatrists who work with veterans

Professor Mal Hopwood has worked with military veterans for all of his career as a consultant psychiatrist. He has been director of the Veterans Psychiatry…

Guiding veteran organisations to support their volunteers

Across the community volunteers provide vital support to people in a myriad of ways, and it’s no different within the veteran community. Veteran organisations often…

Learning from veterans about successful ageing

Successful ageing emphasises a diversity of positive conditions during older age, such as physical fitness and health, optimal cognitive functioning, positive emotional states, and social…

Advice for ADF personnel assisting in bushfire recovery – looking after your mental health and wellbeing

The start of 2020 brought some of Australia’s worst bushfires to New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia with Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel deployed…

Getting better outcomes from PTSD treatments

Effective PTSD treatments exist, yet nearly half of patients continue to have significant symptomatology after treatment. Could augmentation of treatments improve results? Dr Olivia Metcalf,…

Working with military and emergency services, a conversation with Damien Stewart

Damien Stewart is a psychologist and the Convenor of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) Military and Emergency Services Psychology Interest Group. Damien spent 20 years…

Using digital health solutions to support veterans

Veterans with mental health problems may experience barriers to getting the help they need. One way of addressing these barriers is via the use of…

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