Research in progress

Grants awarded 2017

  • A trial of N-acetylcysteine for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that hasn’t improved with normal treatment.

    $192,816 -  Professor Richard Kanaan, Chair of Psychiatry, Austin Health University of Melbourne

    This study aims to investigate the efficacy of NAC as an adjunct to first line treatment in treatment-resistant PTSD in a definitive randomised, placebo-controlled trial. The primary outcome measures will be the core PTSD symptoms, measured by the Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS). Secondary outcomes will include depressive symptoms, substance use, functioning, and quality of life.

     

  • Longitudinal pathways in the development of physical and psychological disorders in military personnel and veterans

    $63,944 - Dr Helen Kelsall, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University

    The objectives are to investigate whether physical and psychological disorders/conditions at baseline (including MSD, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders, respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, chronic fatigue, multisymptomatic illness, and psychological disorders (depression, PTSD, and alcohol use disorders) are predictive of the incidence of physical and psychological disorders/conditions at follow up (including other conditions such as sleep disorders and irritable bowel syndrome that were only assessed at follow up).

  • Diagnosis and follow-up of concussion after mild traumatic brain injury

    $49,688 - Professor Biswadev Mitra, Head Clinical Research, National Trauma Research Institute

    The objective of this study is to assess the novel bio-markers in conjunction with routinely used cognitive tests to evaluate participants who suffered an injury to the head and are at risk of concussion or post-concussion syndrome. The secondary aim is to assess these biomarkers along with cognitive testing over 4 weeks to correlate changes in biomarker levels to cognitive tests.

Grants awarded 2016

  • Social networks, identity and the mental health of veterans

    $49,811 – Professor Dan Lubman, Monash University and Director of Turning Point

    The research will put a veteran’s transition to civilian life under the microscope with the view of developing novel treatment approaches and better support. The project will examine the social networks and identities of veterans and investigate how these impact mental health, wellbeing, housing and employment stability and the use of alcohol and other drugs. The aim is to identify existing barriers and facilitate greater social engagement among veterans.

  • Online treatment program for mental health and alcohol use for contemporary veterans

    $123,068 – Associate Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin, UNSW and University of Newcastle

    The project will evaluate the effectiveness of online therapy (SHADE model) for the treatment of mood and hazardous alcohol and substance use in contemporary veterans (45 years and younger). Partnering with the ex-serving organisation community, the project will recruit at least 150 ex-serving ADF personnel and evaluate the effectiveness of a pilot program.  The findings will inform any recommendation to integrate eHealth programs such as SHADE in the ex-serving community.

Grants awarded 2012 

  • Preventing bone and muscle injury during Army recruit training

    $263,078 over 3 years - Belinda Beck, Griffith University

    Lower limb injuries are the cause of the greatest number of days lost to military training and represent one of the largest associated costs to Defence. Bone injuries take the longest to heal and are the most common cause of medical discharge from the Army. This project proposes a conditioning program prior to recruit training, with a view to reducing the rate of injury. Stage 1 will involve a retrospective audit of injuries over the past five years at the Kapooka training centre. Stage 2 will examine the effect of a four-month targeted musculoskeletal pre-conditioning program on the rate of injuries. The relationship of an individual's physical and behavioural characteristics will also be evaluated.