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20 September 2018

10th Trek to Help Heal Veterans 

On Sunday September 23 at 0800 hrs, 15 veterans will depart Keswick Barracks for Moolooloo station
in the North Flinders Ranges to take part in Trojan’s Trek 2018.    
This will be the tenth trek for South Australian contemporary veterans who are dealing with military
induced stress illness, a legacy of their serving overseas in such places as Somalia, East Timor, Iraq
and Afghanistan.  “During the Trek, the veterans will receive peer-to-peer support and advice from
people who understand their frustrations as they have lived the same experience.” said Trojan’s Trek
Chairman, Moose Dunlop OAM.  “It’s a circuit breaker designed to provide the setting and conditions
under which the participants experience a lasting positive shift in personal values and interpersonal
relationships designed to improve their lifestyle and community involvement.  The start of their journey
of recovery.” he said. 
The veterans will have formal and informal sessions during the six-day trip, all aimed at providing them
with the tools to recognise and deal with issues such as such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),
depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts.  
Importantly, the program is evidenced based and each trek is independently evaluated by Flinders
University and the Gallipoli Medical Research Facility (QLD) whose research indicates more than 85% of participants experience significant improvement. 
This Trek has been made possible thanks to significant financial support from Adelaide PHN and
Country SA PHN. 
“All the evidence shows this program has a real and significant positive benefit for the veterans who
take part,” said Adelaide PHN CEO, Deb Lee. “Peer-to-peer support works. It helps the individual, it
helps their family who are also suffering, and it helps the community.  
“We know that this group within our community need support but often will not seek it through more
conventional means.  Being able to reach out and support them in the ways that feel most
comfortable to them are a key part of our focus of right care, right place, right time”.  
 

 

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