Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

Health and Wellbeing Initiatives

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PTSD study of Vietnam Veterans
Since 2013, RSL (Queensland Branch) has committed $6.75 million to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation to provide funding for world first research into post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The study – involving 300 Vietnam veterans – examined the science behind PTSD, combined with a thorough investigation of the genetics and long-term physical effects of the illness. The results were published in the Medical Journal of Australia on April 3, 2017.

Veterans have sacrificed a great deal in service of Australia, and RSL (Queensland Branch) feels obligated to help. We are confident this research will help inform and impact the treatment of PTSD.

Physical symptoms of PTSD
The study found a cluster of physical symptoms frequently emerge in patients with PTSD, including: a dramatic increase in the risk of heart attack, heart disease, sleep apnoea, restless leg syndrome, stomach ulcers, bowel disorders and acting out dreams while sleeping.

Live a healthy lifestyle
A healthy lifestyle is recommended to manage the physical symptoms of PTSD and contribute to general wellbeing. 

Following this study, RSL Queensland established tangible pathways for ex-serving Defence personnel to engage in active lifestyles across Queensland, and we encourage veterans to get involved in some of the fun, free services offered by partners we support:

Contact vs@rslqld.org to get involved.