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We need to humanise the way PTSD is treated in Australia

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded that the public service focus on "service delivery", with a particular focus on issues such as mental illness.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that refers to a group of stress reactions that can develop after witnessing a traumatic event, sexual/domestic violence against ourselves or others, and natural disasters.

Michael Brideson with his assistance dog Ted.Credit:Jamila Toderas

PTSD can be particularly acute for those repeatedly exposed to trauma such as emergency workers, first respondents, and military combat personnel.

Feelings of fear, depression, sadness, anger and grief usually predominate – all aspects of a natural human response to danger. The consequences are not only significant for the sufferer, but also for their family, fellow workers, and others on whom they rely on for support.

PTSD is very poorly diagnosed or verified in Australia and is being unsympathetically treated by employers, unions, and health, insurance and regulatory bureaucracies.

Their initial responses are sluggish, if not constituting benign neglect, before the "system" does as much as it can to delay the process of funding and delivering essential treatment.

The initial position is........

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