A treatment trial for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) already operating in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne is expanding to six other cities including Perth and Rockingham.
The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) trial is a collaboration between Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Defence, and the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).
The trial is assessing whether a new, intensive form of prolonged exposure therapy involving 10 sessions over two weeks is as effective as the standard 10-week treatment currently offered. Prolonged exposure therapy is a gold standard evidence-based treatment, which assists individuals to deal with traumatic memories in a gradual, safe and supportive manner. Researchers hope the condensed version will eventually make treatment more accessible to everyone with PTSD.
The trial is recruiting individuals between 18-75 years of age, who have experienced a traumatic incident during service in the Australian Defence Force. Participants are interviewed and, if suitable for the trial, randomly allocated to either the intensive or standard treatment program. Potential benefits include an improvement in PTSD symptoms and a better quality of life.