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Confirmation of Candidature: Candidate - Karina Heyworth

The Efficacy of Psychiatric Assistance Dogs for Australian First Responders and Defence Personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Date: 24 March 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Venue: Online via Zoom
Contact: For more information, please contact the Graduate Research School.
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Despite effective evidence-based PTSD treatments for Australian first responders and Defence force personnel, research has estimated that up to 40% of first responders are refractory and up to 50% of Defence personnel dropout and/or are unresponsive to current PTSD treatments. The aim of the research is to examine the efficacy of psychiatric assistance dogs (PAD) as a complementary intervention for PTSD. Specifically, the research will examine the efficacy of augmenting PAD’s with traditional trauma-focused treatments as well as comparing the duration and active components of PAD training modalities. The proposed research will establish whether PAD's are an effective complementary intervention for current and former Australian first responders and Defence personnel with PTSD.