ARC4PTSD Is The First National P.T.S.D Specific Service Provider Registry In Australia
Australian Resource Centre for P.T.S.D is a national health promotion not for profit charity that supports, educates and advocates for Australians living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The primary goal of the organisation is to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and for patients to receive equal access to advice, support, education and treatment. This includes:
- Indigenous Australian’s
- First Responders
P.T.S.D does not discriminate by age, religion, race or occupation.
Recent studies have shown that three-quarters of the Australian population have experienced at least one potentially traumatic event (such as a car accident, natural disaster, exposure to crime, loss of a loved one, or the violence of war) over their lifetime.
Trauma affects people in different ways and, for some; the effects are so great that they develop the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which interferes with their ability to cope in daily life.
For some people, these symptoms, and others may reduce without professional help, especially if they have supportive people around them. However, recent research indicated that 86% of men and 76% of women with PTSD struggle with other mental health issues as time goes on – such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse issues as they begin to use drugs and alcohol as a way of coping.
ARC4PTSD has provided a website that will list currently available P.T.S.D specific resources in Australia. This will incorporate a list of Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Traditional and Non-traditional treatment options. All services will be listed under Four main categories for public access; Military, Civilian(train drivers, Mineworkers, Labourers & Contractors), First responders (Police, Paramedic, Fire) and Indigenous Australians including children.
ARC4PTSD will also provide educational material (research papers, presentations and resource tools) to professionals within the Mental Health sector specifically those treating individuals with P.T.S.D.
Australian Resource Centre for P.T.S.D brings together patients and mental health care professionals with the shared goal to reduce the burden to P.T.S.D patients.
We achieve this through support, information, education, awareness/screening events and advocacy. This will be achieved by producing and facilitating educational programs for employers and employees of high-risk occupations.
It can be used as a “reverse” induction; to help identify and specify individual needs.