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About the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

The Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies (CTSS) was established in April 2009 and seeks to improve evidence-based practice by informing and applying scientific knowledge in the field of trauma, mental disorder and wellbeing in at-risk populations. The Centre has expertise in the aetiology and epidemiology of mental/physical disorders, disasters, accidents, early life stress and occupational health (including military and first responders) and have five streams of research.

Research Streams

The recent Australian National Mental Health Prevalence Study found that posttraumatic stress disorder is the most common psychiatric disorder in the Australian community affecting 6.4% of the population in the last 12 months. Traumatic stress is also a major cause of all psychiatric disorders and contributes to alcohol and drug abuse.

A Video from the Director

Hear Professor Alexander McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, speak about Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD):

...the essence of what Posttraumatic stress disorder is, is where people who have been exposed to horrific experiences, like war-veterans, have those memories of those experiences imprinted indelibly on their mind...

Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies

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