Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial

Prolonged exposure (PE) therapy is a gold standard treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In its current form, this therapy can be difficult for current and ex-serving ADF personnel to commit to, as treatment usually takes 10 weeks to undertake.

Early evidence suggests that providing exposure therapy in a more intensive, shorter format may be as effective as the standard approach. However, to date there have been no rigorous studies comparing the effectiveness of these two options in a real-world clinical setting.

The Rapid Exposure Supporting Trauma Recovery (RESTORE) Trial is a partnership between Phoenix Australia, Department of Defence and VVCS and collaborators from the University of Adelaide, Flinders University, Monash University, the University of New South Wales and University of Queensland).

The RESTORE trial is investigating whether the outcomes of an intensive delivery of prolonged exposure therapy (10 sessions over a two-week period) is as effective as the current 10 week format.

If proven, this study will increase the accessibility of treatment options for VVCS clients.

For further information please contact vvcs.coord@dva.gov.au