Charity FearLess PTSD Australia New Zealand together with professional services firm EY, are aiming to start a national conversation on PTSD when the charity hosts its inaugural conference on 21-23 August 2019 at The Events Centre in Caloundra, Queensland.
The FearLess conference will bring together the PTSD community, 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.
FearLess PTSD Australia New Zealand CEO, Alex Gerrick said, “PTSD is a significant national problem that demands a national response from not only healthcare professionals, but also from government bodies, the corporate community, academia and community groups.
“PTSD touches all parts of society so we are thrilled that EY is supporting our cause and helping to generate more discussion on this pervasive issue that affects so many Australians.”
EY’s support of the Fearless conference aligns with the firm’s purpose of Building a Better Working World for its people, its clients and the communities that it operates in.
“PTSD not only impacts individuals but also affects the broader community and there is a real need to create greater awareness of the condition. As a part of our commitment to creating a Better Working World, EY is working with FearLess to kickstart conversations that directly address how we can help those suffering PTSD and in particular how we can assist groups such as our Armed forces, First responders and Security forces that often suffer the most from this condition,” said Luke Healy, Partner, EY.
The three day conference will include an impressive line of speakers from the PTSD community, including:
- Prof. Richard Bryant, Scientia Professor at the University of NSW
- Mark Carroll, President of the Police Federation of Australia and the Police Association of SA with John Schumann, Singer of the iconic I was only 19 song
- Belinda Neil, former Police Inspector and bestselling author of Under Siege
- Prof. David Forbes, Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
- Prof. Maxwell Bennett, Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Sydney
- Sam Mostyn, Chair of ANROWS
- Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC, Chancellor of the University of The Sunshine Coast
- Kerrie Atherton, Founder of Stories of Hope
The conference will also include:
- Gala dinner event, “Dinner in conversation with John Schumann”, singer of the iconic I was only 19 song on 22 August 2019.
- Business breakfast on 23 August 2019 to bring together local local business leaders, health professionals and community organisations to discuss opportunities for investment in projects that can provide PTSD sufferers with more effective support and services.
When: 21-23 August 2019
Where: The Events Centre, Caloundra QLD
Cost: From $469
For more information about the FearLess National Conference visit: www.fearlessconference.org.au