Day 2 – Defence and veteran suicide: Prevention Through Understanding Symposium.
Mid-Morning Session 11am-12pm
SPEAKER: Professor Sandy McFarlane AO
TOPIC: Investigating suicide by ADF members and ex-serving personnel.
Prof McFarlane is an international expert in the field of the impact of disasters and posttraumatic stress disorder. He is a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for outstanding and fundamental contributions to the field of traumatic stress studies.
He is a retired Group Captain of the RAAF specialist reserve. Apart from his interest in disaster victims, military personnel and other civilian accidents, he has significant experience in the provision of care to emergency service personnel.
His research has been supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and NHMRC program and partnership grants. He has published over 450 articles and chapters in various refereed journals and has co-edited three books. In 2011 he received the Officer of the Order of Australia award which recognized his “outstanding contribution to medical research in the field of psychiatry, particularly posttraumatic stress disorders, to veterans’ mental health management, and as an author”.