Since 2013, RSL (Queensland Branch) has committed $6.75 million to the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) 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.
The study identified the following physical health issues for veterans with PTSD.
- Four times greater risk of heart attack
- Higher risk of heart disease
- Twice as likely to have sleep apnoea
- Twice as likely to have restless legs syndrome
- Three times as likely to act out dreams while sleeping
- Twice as likely to have stomach ulcers
- Greater risk of bowel disorders
Further detail on the study is available through the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation.
gp education program
A national GP education program launched in April 2017 will better equip general practitioners and other healthcare professionals with new strategies to better identify the signs and symptoms of PTSD. The program includes an online education module, expert videos and a national GP conference program.
RSL QUEENSLAND HEALTH AND WELLBEING INITIATIVES
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.
Learn more about RSL Queensland's health and wellbeing initiatives.
About the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) is a not-for-profit organisation based Greenslopes Private Hospital, a former repatriation hospital that still retains its strong links with our veteran community. They have brought together an impressive group of medical specialists and researchers to collaborate on this work including experts in: liver disease, heart disease, psychiatry, sleep and respiratory medicine, and genetics.
GMRF are in a unique position to deliver outcomes from vital research such as this and RSL Queensland are proud to support their efforts.
To learn more, visit the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation website or follow GMRF on Facebook.