Leading the way… By example.

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Article by Sally Hodder. Email – sally.hodder@standtall4pts.org

Leading the way… By example. Stand Tall and The PTS Initiative.

For the last 3 years, Doctors, Scientists and Researchers have volunteered their time and expertise to undertake world first research at The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation into the physical impacts of PTS. The 7 million dollar PTS Initiative was funded by the Queensland RSL and over 300 Vietnam Veterans sacrificed their bodies, once again, undergoing over 25 separate tests that culminated in the ground breaking results that were released on Monday April 3rd by Miriam Dwyer, the CEO at The Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation and published in the highly respected Medical Journal of Australia the same day.

Tony Dell, the Founder of Stand Tall 4 PTS was one of the first veterans to volunteer in this research knowing that his participation would vastly increase his knowledge of the illness that had impacted on his life for over 46 years. Knowing, such knowledge would help in every aspect of his obligation to assist all suffers of PTS that underpinned his establishment of Stand Tall 4 PTS.

Today’s findings make every minute of the prodding and probing, scans and Xrays, needles injecting and extracting over the 3 months’ worth it!” Tony says “because these findings will improve early diagnosis and treatment and that will save lives”

The findings that showed that participants who suffered from PTS were 4 times more likely to have a heart attack, and twice as likely to suffer stomach ulcers and sleep apnoea than those without PTS.

Professor Darrell Crawford, Director of Research at Gallipoli and head of the School of Clinical Medicine at Queensland University says “PTSD can no longer be described as just a Psychological Disorder” The importance of this cannot be under estimated with a National education and awareness programme that targets ex service personnel and their families and GP’s and other health professionals being launched as a result of this research. “With the right information at their fingertips GP’s and clinicians are better equipped to identify the physical signs and symptoms (of PTS) which will hopefully lead to early intervention, which is critical” concludes Miriam Dwyer

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