The Ripple Effect of PTSD: VETERANS
PART ONE is entitled The Ripple Effect of PTSD: VETERANS (2016) consisting of 7 short singular documentary films which explore how partners, carers, family and community deal with the impact of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) as experienced by a group of veterans. The films are part of a long tradition of documentary film being utilised to produce and facilitate ‘participatory publics’ in that the aim is to utilise them as a catalyst for community and policy recognition of PTSD. The documentary series have been disseminated globally through impact partners: RSL Queensland Branch, The Australian Defence Force Organization chaplaincy program, by the film participants, and archived in The Australian War Memorial National Collection. Three of the films were officially selected in International Film Festivals, and two of the films screened on FOXTEL Aurora channel during November 2016 with the Veteran Film Festival short films.
In the films participants open their hearts sharing their lived experiences in the hope of helping others who may be suffering. Educational PTSD Interviews (2016) with Dr Andrew Khoo and Dr Madeline Romaniuk, PTSD specialists, offer a medical insight into the condition and outline the implications PTSD can have for carers and family. Links to Australian PTSD services and resources are provided in the films to help carers and families find assistance and support if needed.