The Anzac Centre is currently undertaking pioneering research into PTSD and other complex military-related mental health issues.



We aim to test innovative psychological, social, and neurobiological treatments and delivery methods. This will include a particular focus on early intervention to reduce the cumulative impact of PTSD and related disorders.

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The expert council

Critical to the success of The Centenary of Anzac Centre is the world class team of experts in posttraumatic mental health that will guide and manage its work.


The Expert Council members are at the cutting-edge of posttraumatic mental health research and treatment.


A broader consultation group including leaders of health services, ESOs, and broader collaborators supports engagement in and dissemination of the activities of the Anzac Centre.

Professor David Forbes, Chair

Director of Phoenix Australia and Vice Chair of the ISTSS PTSD Treatment Guidelines Committee. He is an international expert in PTSD, particularly in relation to military veterans. He sits on a number of veteran and military scientific and advisory committees.

Professor Richard Bryant

Scientia Professor of Psychology and Director of the Traumatic Stress Clinic at the University of New South Wales. Main areas of research are PTSD and Prolonged Grief Disorder. His research has resulted in many national and international awards, and he is the most prolific researcher in the field of traumatic stress studies in Australia.

Professor Malcolm Hopwood

Professor of psychiatry at the University of Melbourne and director of the Professorial Psychiatry Unit at the Albert Road Clinic in Melbourne. Previously director of the Veterans Psychiatry Unit and the Victorian Brain Disorders Program at Austin Health. Adviser to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Professor Alexander McFarlane

PLEASE UPDATE CONTENT – Director of The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies and a leading expert on trauma and the military. Adviser to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs,the Australian Defence Force, and the Ministry of Defence in the UK.

Professor Meaghan O’Donnell

Head of Research at Phoenix Australia and past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Leads international research collaborations focussing on improving health outcomes in Australian military and veteran populations.

Dr John Cooper

Consultant psychiatrist at Phoenix Australia with extensive experience in veterans’ mental health, assessment, pharmacotherapy, and service development. Has held senior positions at the Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital and Open Arms (formerly Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service).

Associate Professor Andrea Phelps

Deputy Director at Phoenix Australia and a clinical psychologist specialising in veteran and military mental health with extensive experience in the promotion of best practice mental health care. Led development of the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.