FearLess National Conversation on PTSD


With upwards of a million people in Australia suffering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and upwards of 3 million people living with people experiencing PTSD on a daily basis, PTSD is a national problem which requires a national response.

FearLess National Conversation on PTSD

The Fearless National Conversation will be held across three days from Wednesday 21st- Friday 23rd August 2019 at The Events Centre, Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. The outcome-driven event seeks to initiate a national conversation on PTSD, exploring with participants how we can develop a community-owned and community-operated PTSD management protocol and what should be contained within it.

Program overview

Day One: Wednesday 21 August - Why we are here and sharing our experiences

Day one of the program will be opened by FearLess Chair, Admiral (Ret) Chris Barrie and focus on hearing the lived experiences of sufferers and their families. Plenary sessions will be followed by the official Welcome Reception networking event.

Day Two: Thursday 22 August - Finding hope

Day two will comprise morning and afternoon plenary sessions, panel discussions and two concurrent sessions.  The focus will be on research, treatments and therapies and finding support. On Thursday evening the Conference Dinner with high profile guest speaker will be held at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Day Three: Friday 23 August - Where do we go from here?

The day will commence with an optional sunrise walk along Caloundra’s stunning coastal pathway with former Australian Rugby League great, Anthony Minichiello. An invitation-only Business Community Breakfast will held to build connections with the local Sunshine Coast business community and health industry. Morning sessions will comprise opening plenary followed by a small number of workshop sessions led by experienced facilitators, aimed at considering the main issues identified during the conference.  Here delegates will have the opportunity to contribute to key outcomes and messages that will be incorporated into a broader national strategy and PTSD Protocol.  

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Continuing the conversation

The National Conversation will offer delegates ample networking and learning opportunities at the official Welcome Reception, Conference Dinner and Friday morning sunrise walk activity. In addition, tea breaks and lunches will be held on the exhibition floor which will feature up to 20 exhibitors and poster presentations, allowing for greater engagement and learning.

Who will attend the National Conversation?

Anyone interested in the topic of PTSD and who has ideas or solutions for preventing, identifying and managing PTSD is welcome. We anticipate this inaugural conference will be attended by approximately 300 delegates from the following sectors:

  • Medical practitioners – Doctors, allied health professionals, hospitals, health services, pharmaceutical companies, holistic health practitioners
  • Emergency services/First Responders – Police, Fire, Ambulance, SES, Paramedics, Army
  • Corporates – Insurance companies, HR professionals, Large employers, lawyers / judges, CEOs, Board Members
  • Academics – especially those lecturing on, or involved in Mental Health & PTSD research
  • People suffering/suspect they are suffering PTSD and those supporting people with PTSD
  • Government (Commonwealth and State) Health and Social Services Departments – especially those  involved in providing funding, services and programs related to mental health & PTSD
  • ALGA and interested local government bodies
  • Community service organisations
  • The ACTU and relevant unions
  • University Students – especially those studying, interested in, or seeking a career related to Mental Health & PTSD
  • The general community who want to know more about PTSD and its impacts

For further information please visit the following:

FearLess National Conversation on PTSD conference website

FearLess National Conversation sponsorship & exhibition opportunities

Register to attend the National Conversation 

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