Phoenix Australia’s internationally recognised research program advances knowledge of the impact of trauma on the health and wellbeing of trauma survivors, their families and the community.



Scientific research spanning military and veteran, community, industry, and workplace sectors

Phoenix Australia works to advance knowledge about trauma, its effects, and effective treatments. We conduct innovative research within military and veterans’ services, hospitals, health and community settings, emergency services, and compensation environments. Our research partnerships with Australian government departments such as Defence and Veterans’ Affairs, universities, and community and non-government agencies maintain our reputation as an international leader in trauma research. Our research program fosters talented local and international PhD students and visiting trauma experts.


Developing knowledge to make a difference for trauma survivors

Phoenix Australia conducts evidence-based research which examines the mental health effects of trauma using a range of methodologies. Our five pillars of research focus on epidemiology, phenomenology, intervention, knowledge translation, and veteran and military mental health. Our research contributes to the understanding of trauma and how it impacts on individuals and communities, and develops cutting-edge interventions that target posttraumatic mental health problems and other negative effects of trauma.


Translating knowledge for governments, organisations and communities

Phoenix Australia’s research makes a real difference in the lives of all Australians. We partner with state and federal government departments including health, education, social services, immigration and customs, defence and veterans’ affairs, translating research to ensure their trauma policies and guidelines are evidence-based and represent best practice.


For small and large organisations, including emergency services, advocacy and treatment services, we help update and develop evidence-informed trauma care practices and procedures, and provide training to support implementation.


We also share our research with members of the general and academic community, writing articles and posts for traditional and social media as well as scientific publications and presentations on the international stage.