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4 min 56 sec, FLV FORMAT

Episode 28: PTSD and T-Shirt Campaigns

Research showing how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder has affected some
Vietnam veterans sense of smell, and a t-shirt campaign to help keep
you fit headline this latest edition of the University’s fortnightly
video podcast, Visions.

More information

Smell Linked to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
In the week
of this years Anzac Day commemorations, researchers from the University
of Melbourne and Austin Health have announced a discovery connecting
the inability to identify smell with post traumatic stress disorder in
Vietnam Veterans. Over 30 Vietnam Veterans with PTSD were recruited
from the Austin Health’s Veterans Psychiatry Unit to smell 40 scratch
and sniff odours including lemon, lilac, pinecones, smoke and natural
gas. The study revealed that Vietnam Veterans suffering PTSD had an
impaired ability to identify smell. With further testing, it is hoped
the smell test will become a tool to diagnosis the condition.

For more information go to http://www.veteranspsychiatry.com.au/ and http://www.orygen.org.au/.

Beep2Run (starting at 3.04):
Faculty
of Economics and Commerce student Linda Kowalski has come up with a
novel way to motivate people to exercise that little bit more, and it
all comes down to the humble t-shirt.

For more information go to http://www.beep2run.com

Credits

Smell Linked to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Produced by Rebecca Scott
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross
With thanks to John Dileo (PhD candidate, School of Behavioural Science), Associate Professor Warrick Brewer (Head, Neuropsychology Unit, ORYGEN Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry) and Associate Professor Mal Hopwood (Director, Veteran Psychiatry, Austin Health).
With special thanks to study participant and Vietnam Veteran Geoff Bainbridge and Robert Winther, Veteran Liaison, Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital.

Beep2Run:
Produced by David Scott
Camera by Clive Banfield
Edited by Rob Cross
With thanks to Dr Angela Paladino, Linda Kowalski and her team of volunteers.