We’re Official Sponsors of the Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress 2021

As silver sponsors of the upcoming Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (14 – 18 September), Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation are beyond proud to throw our support behind this significant event.

Now in its 21st year (snap!), the ACOTS conference is the collective brainchild of the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and Phoenix Australia – Centre for Postraumatic Mental Health. The theme of the conference this year is Challenging the Status Quo: Advancing Trauma Recovery, and – in keeping with the times – it will be rolled out in a virtual format for the very first time.

According to the ACOTS official website, the purpose of this year’s theme is to ‘lay down a challenge to us all in our enduring quest to improve outcomes for those impacted by trauma.’ Through our own work with clients who have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related illnesses, we wholeheartedly rise to this challenge – and with our vision for every individual to have complete confidence and total control over their healthcare, we are passionate about giving our clients the tools to achieve self-efficacy into the long term.

Having collaborated with our organisation since 2018, ASTSS Vice President Simon Rosenbaum says; “Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation are national leaders in the provision of exercise interventions for people living with mental illness and psychological injury. They have pioneered novel models of care and developed resources that have informed practice both nationally in Australia and overseas. I applaud Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation for addressing a clear gap in the care of injured workers and look forward to continuing to work alongside them in the future.”

National Clinical Lead Ben Davis says “Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation has an unwavering purpose in providing innovative and evidence-based exercise interventions for individuals suffering from a work-related mental illness or suboptimal symptomology leading towards illness.

Within the realm of traumatic stress, exercise can positively impact psychological health by enhancing cognitive function such as memory and learning, regulating sleep patterns, improving mood, and facilitating an overall reduction in traumatic stress symptoms. Furthermore, those with mental illness are also more likely to experience poor physical health – meaning a holistically focused exercise intervention that addresses all domains of health offers the most optimal client-centred outcomes. Through a fundamental focus on sustainable engagement in meaningful physical activity, we help our clients to develop a routine of structured and habitual exercise that can be progressively and independently managed to optimise long-term health and quality-of-life. 

Our dedication to this space has tangibly shone through via formalised partnerships with a series of industry-partners across Australia – including scheme regulators, emergency services and large, national employers, where we have provided extensive early intervention programs deploying exercise programming for mental health. With the innovation of these programs regularly recognised within the industry, it is a pleasure and an honour to be a sponsor of the 21st Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress; and to be part of the ongoing research and work in assisting those experiencing traumatic stress.”

With an impressive line up of keynote speakers – all of whom are international leaders in their respective fields – the 2021 virtual conference is sure to be an event to remember. For further information, take a look at the program. We look forward to seeing the other delegates online!

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