The Ripple Effect of PTSD series
The Ripple Effect of PTSD series (2016) is Kym Melzer’s Doctoral creative project which comprises seven 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 interview series (2015) with Dr Andrew Khoo, PTSD specialist, offers a medical insight into the condition.
The Ripple Effect Films
PTSD Educational Interview with Dr Andrew Khoo
Dr Andrew Khoo, Consultant Psychiatrist, Director at Toowong Private Hospital, and Senior Lecturer at University Queensland, discusses Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Secondary PTSD, and more. A huge thank you to Dr Khoo, Karen Young, and Toowong Private hospital for your support. Please share these videos to educate and raise awareness of PTSD.
Part 1 - What is PTSD? Part 2 - What is Secondary PTSD? Part 3 - Is the treatment for PTSD different for veterans, first responders and the wider community? Part 4 - Is there a correlation between PTSD and Suicide? Part 5 - Does your family need support?