The Road Home supports the AMWC Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Representative Choir

The Road Home will sponsor the AMWC Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Representative Choir.

Members and supporters are urged to take a few minutes to learn more about this unique organisation based in Adelaide.

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The Road Home is a leader in the provision of research and programs to support veterans and their families as they transition from their military service into the community.

For the past 18 years The Road Home (formerly Foundation Daw Park at the Repatriation General Hospital in South Australia) has conducted world-leading independent research to aid the health and wellbeing of veterans.

Since 2015, The Road Home has provided $1.4 million in funding for research and programs that deliver optimal models of care and health outcomes on a national scale for veterans.

With a focus on Post-Traumatic Stress, The Road Home continues to fund world-leading research as well as research-backed wellbeing services to our veterans in need and their families.

It is also a key part of South Australia’s Hospital Research Foundation Group who is funding significant growth in this area.

2017 – 2018 research grants include:

  • Leaving military service: a qualitative study into the experience of transition from active service to civilian life among ADF members

  • Children living in families with a parent with PTSD

  • Understanding the relationship between health behaviours and psychological wellbeing in carers of service men and women

  • Living vicariously with PTSD: how partners experience, and can better support, those who are exposed to traumatic events in the course of their work

  • Examining Art Therapy as an adjunct therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Invictus Pathways Program

In a collaboration with University of South Australia, The Road Home is the first in Australia to have a program specifically designed to provide support and tailored facilities needed for veterans who are aspiring to compete in the Invictus Games.

Including baseline physiological testing and profiling, the Invictus Pathways Program provides struggling veterans with something to work towards and a purpose to give them direction, aid in their mental health and encourage them to be active and participate within society.

As proof of its success, eight of the nine South Australian 2018 Invictus Games participants went through the Pathways Program.

Complementing the program The Road Home is funding a world-first Invictus Pathways Scholarship at the University of South Australia. The three-year PhD project will explore The effect of participation in the Invictus Games program on returned service personnel. This will ensure accurate measurement of the efficacy and impact of the program which is important if the program is to be offered Australia-wide.

Athlete Profile: Emilea Mysko

After eight years in the Royal Australian Navy, Emilea Mysko faced a mental battle when she was medically discharged from service, leaving her feeling alone and isolated. Today she is gearing up for a different battle, competing in the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games.

“I was in the Navy for such a long time, I couldn’t return to life as it was before I joined. I had grown up, matured and experienced life-changing events. Trying to get back into regular civilian life with my injury proved to be challenging. I felt segregated and alone,” Emilea said.

Thankfully on that dark road Emilea found relief through The Road Home’s Invictus Pathways Program, a collaboration with the University of South Australia, dedicated to training injured veterans to compete in the Invictus Games.

“The Road Home helped me out of the hole I was buried in. I was introduced to cycling, which I could manage despite my injury. I then began the journey of the Invictus Pathways Program, giving me focus and goals to strive towards,” Emilea said.

“I am able to believe in myself again and believe I am capable of achieving,” Emilea said.

For more information visit www.theroadhome.com.au.

Photo Caption: AMWC members join the Road Home’s Wellbeing Program Coordinator Mark Reidy (at front) and athletes (from left) Daniel Marsh, Steve Sandman, Vanessa Broughill and Emilea Mykso.