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Army February 28, 2013
A NEW mobile phone application
has been developed to help current
and former members to identify and
manage mental health symptoms
associated with post-traumatic stress
Launched on February 18 by
Warren Snowdon, the Defence
Science and Personnel Minister
and Veterans' Affairs Minister, the
application was unveiled to troops at
Robertson Barracks in Darwin.
The application is called PTSD
Coach Australia and was developed to
help veterans; current serving mem-
bers and their families identify the
signs of PTSD and encourage them to
From the results of the 2010
ADF Mental Health Prevalence and
Wellbeing Study, Defence estimates
that 8 per cent (or almost 2500) of the
approximately 51,000 serving person-
nel could be expected to have a diag-
nosis of PTSD.
"A priority for this government is
ensuring that a range of mental health
services and support are available for
veterans of all ages, young and old,
and that these services are tailored
to their needs and the needs of their
families," Mr Snowdon said.
"PTSD Coach Australia provides
them with education about PTSD,
information about self-assessment and
professional care, and tools to manage
the stresses of daily life with PTSD."
Based on an app first developed in
2011 for US veterans, PTSD Coach
Australia comprises tools for relaxa-
Support at your fingertips
Mobile app designed directly for ADF and veterans will help people with PTSD manage their symptoms
ADF personnel requiring fur-
ther support and treatment can
contact local Defence Health
Facility or call 1800 IMSICK
after hours (1800 467 425).
Mental Health All Hours
Support Line 1800 628 036
is a confidential telephone
service for ADF members
and their families available
24 hours a day, seven days
a week. Services that can be
accessed include psychol-
ogy, medical, social work and
ADF personnel who have
deployed are eligible to
self refer to the Veterans
and Veterans Families
Counselling Service on
1800 011 046. It provides coun-
selling and group programs to
veterans, peacekeepers and
eligible family members and is
a free call, open 24/7.
tion, positive self-talk, anger manage-
ment, tracking symptoms, direct links
to support and a scheduler to help
users manage their self-care, health
appointments and other activities.
PTSD Coach Australia was not
designed for stand-alone treatment or
self-diagnosis, but as part of a toolkit
to assist people in managing PTSD.
"A clinicians' guide on integrating
PTSD Coach Australia into treatment
is available on the Department of
Veterans' Affair At Ease website," Mr
Snowdon said at the launch.
"This app doesn't replace clinical
assessment and treatment by a quali-
fied mental health clinician but sup-
PTSD Coach Australia was devel-
oped by the Australian Centre for
Posttraumatic Mental Health for the
Department of Veterans' Affairs and
the ADF and is available for Apple
and Android devices.
To download the app visit the App Store,
Google Play or the At Ease website
Help is at hand: Personnel use the new post traumatic stress disorder application launched by the
Department of Veterans' Affairs at Robertson Barracks in Darwin.
Photo by LS Jo Dilorenzo
GIVEN the nature of military ser-
vice and the increased likelihood
of exposure to trauma, it is not
surprising that the rate of PTSD in
the ADF is higher than the general
public -- 8.3 per cent compared to
5.2 per cent.
But the PTSD Coach Australia
app can help you learn about and
manage symptoms that commonly
occur after trauma.
Reliable information on PTSD
and treatments that work.
Tools for screening and tracking
A scheduler that allows you to
manage all your self-care, health
appointments and activities.
Convenient, easy-to-use skills
to help you handle stress
Direct links to support and
Designed specifically for ex
and current ADF personnel.
Always with you when you
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