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A trial treatment program for veterans with service-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms already operating in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne is expanding to six other cities and is seeking participants .

The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) PTSD trial will operate from sites in Adelaide, Canberra, Darwin, Perth, Rockingham and Townsville.

The trial is a collaboration between Phoenix Australia (a national centre of excellence in post-traumatic mental health), DVA, Department of Defence, and the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.

It assesses whether an intensive form of prolonged exposure therapy involving 10 sessions over two weeks is as effective as the standard 10 weeks of prolonged exposure therapy. It is hoped that the condensed version of treatment will make it more accessible to veterans.

The RESTORE trial is currently recruiting veterans and current serving members of the Australian Defence Force between the ages of 18 and 75. Participants must be experiencing symptoms consistent with PTSD that are related to a traumatic experience that occurred during military service.

Participants are interviewed and, if suitable for the trial, randomly allocated to either the intensive or standard treatment program. Potential benefits to participants include an improvement in their PTSD symptoms and a better quality of life.

For more details or to apply, please call 1800 856 824 or email restore@unimelb.edu.au. Find more information on the website for the trial.

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