With upwards of a million people in Australia suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and upwards of 3 million people living with people experiencing PTSD on a daily basis, PTSD is a national problem which requires a national response.
The Fearless Conference will be a three-day event being held 21-23 August 2019 on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia which seeks to initiate a national conversation on PTSD and explore with participants how we can develop a community-owned and community-operated PTSD management protocol and what should be contained within it.
WHAT IS THE FOCUS OF THE FEARLESS CONFERENCE?
There is a lot to talk about when it comes to PTSD. However the intersecting themes of our first ever national conference, and our first ever national conversation on PTSD will be:
- The shared experience – first hand accounts from people who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress and how they have overcome their condition
- Families – the impact that Post Traumatic Stress has on families and friends.
- Living with Hope – an overview of current medical research, how the condition can be treated and ways to destigmatize Post Traumatic Stress.
We also want to explore with participants how we can develop a community-owned and community-operated PTSD management protocol and what should be contained within it as an outcome for the conference.
WHO SHOULD COME TO THE CONFERENCE?
Anyone interested in the topic of PTSD and who would has ideas or solutions for preventing, identifying and managing PTSD is welcome. We expect that conference participants will likely comprise of:
- Medical practitioners – Doctors, allied health professionals, hospitals, health services, pharmaceutical companies, holistic health practitioners
- Emergency services/First Responders – Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES, Paramedics, Army
- Corporates – Insurance companies, HR professionals, Large employers, lawyers / judges, CEOs, Board Members
- Academics – Especially those lecturing on, or involved in Mental Health & PTSD research
- People suffering/suspect they are suffering PTSD + those supporting people with PTSD
- Family members and/or friends who are either living with or know someone with PTSD
- Government (Commonwealth and State) Health and Social Services Departments – Especially those involved in providing funding, services and programs related to Mental Health & PTSD
- ALGA and interested local government bodies
- Community service organisations
- The ACTU and relevant unions
- University Students – Especially those studying, interested in, or seeking a career related to Mental Health & PTSD
- The general community who want to know more about PTSD and its impacts
WHAT CAN I EXPECT AT THE CONFERENCE?
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN THE CONFERENCE?
In short you can enquire about speaking at this conference (or future events we may have), exhibiting at the conference or you can of course attend. A range of registration options are on offer including a one day pass, two day pass, attending the full three days; or simply attending the Gala Dinner or networking drinks.
WHO IS BEHIND THE CONFERENCE?
FearLess Outreach is a national charity that works with people living with the consequences of post traumatic stress (often referred to as PTSD). We also help family members in any way affected by it.
Our members come from all walks of life including those living with PTSD and their families or people who want to do their bit to make the lives of people living with post traumatic stress more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Our work complements the activities of other community-based organisations and government agencies that provide services to people with PTSD.
We have a growing national presence throughout both Australia and New Zealand, with the aim of having local representation in areas where there is a concentration of people who live with post-traumatic stress.