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.
- Trauma and adversity across the lifespan
- Military mental and physical health
- Occupational mental and physical health
- Neurobiological mechanisms of traumatic stress
- Intervention analysis
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...”