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Caloundra Conference To Tackle PTSD


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PTSD experts and ambassadors to come together to develop a new Australian PTSD management strategy

FearLess, the subsidiary of PTSD Australia New Zealand, has announced the speaker line up for its first national conference to be held on 21 to 23 August 2019 at The Events Centre in Caloundra, Queensland. The line up includes over 30 inspiring speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds including military, law enforcement, emergency services, academic, health and not-for-profit.

The aim of the FearLess conference is to initiate a national conversation on PTSD. It will bring together anyone with an interest in PTSD, including those who are suffering this acute form of brain injury, their families, the individuals and organisations that are providing assistance, whether that takes the form of medical treatment or social support, with a view to identifying what a national strategy for managing PTSD might look like.

Co-founder and Acting Chair of FearLess Allan Behm said, “With more than a million Australians suffering from the pernicious and pervasive effects of PTSD, and upwards of another three million Australians who live with people suffering its effects on a daily basis, PTSD is a significant national problem that demands a national response.”

“Our incredible and inspiring lineup of speakers will be sharing their personal experiences with PTSD, exploring different treatment options and sharing the latest research into PTSD,” he added.

Notable speakers for the conference include:

Prof. Richard Bryant, Scientia Professor at the University of NSW
Topic: Understanding mechanisms of treating PTSD to improve our programs

Mark Carroll, President of the Police Federation of Australia and the Police Association of SA with John Schnmann, Singer of the iconic I was only 19 song
Topic: The importance of stories and cultural context in mental health education, awareness and the eradication of stigma

Prof. David Forbes, Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Topic: PTSD & research - Connecting the strands towards a holistic approach to PTSD treatment and management

Prof. Maxwell Bennett, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Sydney
Topic: PTSD & Science - Neurobiological mechanisms in trauma and extinction

Anthony Minichiello, former NRL player
Topic: Food for healing - How the right eating habits and food can help in physical healing and the influence nutrition has on mental and emotional states

Kerrie Atherton, Founder of Stories of Hope
Topic: Her personal story of PTSD which was the catalyst for starting Stories of Hope

Belinda Neil, former Police Inspector and bestselling author of Under Siege
Topic: Belinda’s lived experience of PTSD

Petrea King, Founder and CEO of Quest for Life
Topic: Immersive recovery-orientated programs for people with PTSD


When: 21-23 August 2019

Where: The Events Centre, Caloundra QLD

Cost: From $469

For more information about the FearLess National Conference visit:

For more information on FearLess and PTSD Australia New Zealand visit:

Sponsors for the FearLess National PTSD Conference include Business Events Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast Council and The Events Centre. Partnership opportunities available, including exhibiting at or sponsoring the conference, for mental health providers, services and treatments.

Call for submission of abstracts to deliver a poster presentation at the FearLess National Conversation on PTSD closes 15 July 2019. Visit the submission portal here.