Australian Resource Centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Australian Resource Centre for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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The Board

The Board is made up of professional individuals with a healthy mix of passion, professional qualifications and lived experience. We share a desire for contributing to a board that is focused and determined to make a difference in the lives of those living with PTSD in Australia and New Zealand.

Michelle New – Founder & Director

A resilient survivor of Multiple Traumas (Diagnosed with Complex PTSD) and TBI (traumatic brain injury as a result of multiple physical assaults), psychologically & physically tortured, Child Abuse, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue and stage 3 Cancer.

Peter Jenkins – Director

Acting Senior Sergeant/Senior Leadership Development/Operational Policing & Leadership/People Capability Command/QLD Police Service

Jodie Wooton – Treasurer-Director

Corporate & Commercial Banking Specialist

Our Advisory Board

Chris Freeburn

Founding Director,Royal Brisbane International Collage (“RBIC”). Founding Director, University of Canberra Brisbane Campus (“UCBC”), CEO Integra Corporation Pty Ltd. Royal Australian Navy Reserves (Retired). Chris is a commercially astute, highly motivated and outcomes focused business entrepreneur. He brings management and Information Technology experience to the organisation.

Mel Zimmerman- Psychologist

Mel is a Clinical Psychologist currently finalising a PhD focused on the contribution of psychological flexibility and compassion on help-seeking behaviours. While researching within the compassion field, she also provides compassion-focused therapy to assist all her clients with their current life struggles.With a 15-year work history with the Queensland Police, she is passionate about providing support to first responders, military, and their families.

Professor Zachary Steel, PhD M.Clin.Psych –Advisory Board Chair

BA Hons Macq, M Psychol (Clinical), PhD UNSW; Society Memberships & Professional Activities

Fields of research: Mental Health, Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, Epidemiology.
St John of God Professorial Chair of Trauma and Mental Health
School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales
St John of God Health Care, Richmond Hospital, North Richmond NSW 2754
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Research Interests/Expertise:

Trauma and mental health, psychological intervention in complex emergencies and management of traumatic disorders, cross-cultural differences in psychiatric epidemiology, refugee mental health, mental health and human rights,

Broad Research Areas:

Psychiatry, Biostatistics, Epidemiology