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2016 Research Awards

General Information 

ASTSS rewards academic excellence in research into traumatic stress.  The three research awards offered by ASTSS are designed to acknowledge and encourage relatively new researchers in the area.  Applications are open to all research disciplines.

Value of the Awards 
 
Three awards are offered: 

1. First Prize:  

A prize of AUD $500.00 and membership of ASTSS for one year.

2. Second Prize (runner up) 

An award of AUD $250.00, together with one year’s membership to ASTSS.

3.Third Prize (honourable mention) 
An award of AUD $100.00, together with one year’s membership to ASTSS.

Eligibility 

As the ASTSS research awards are designed to encourage relatively new researchers, there are only two eligible categories of applicants:
All currently enrolled students studying beyond undergraduate; and
ex-students who graduated from their highest degree not earlier than two years  prior to the cut off date for submission of entries (eg, for 2016, 30 June 2014).

There is one eligible subject area:  research study in the area of traumatic stress.

The study entered must be in the form of a stand-alone paper.

No person may submit more than one paper in any given year.

Closing Date 

30 June 2016.  Winners will be notified prior to the ACOTS conference in September 2016 and publicly announced at that conference.

The Application 

Application should take the form of a paper that follows the format of a professional journal of the applicant’s choice.  It should be of no more than 7500 words, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, references, tables and figures.
The paper must be the work of the applicant.

If other researchers have been involved in the study, this must be acknowledged on the cover sheet of the paper.

If the study is funded, this must be detailed, with the names and qualifications of the principal researcher and all associated researchers noted on the cover sheet of the paper.

If at the time of the application, the paper has been submitted for publication, or has been published, full publication details should be noted.

A covering letter should accompany all applications including:

  • A brief CV of the applicant.
  • The name of the professional journal whose format the applicant’s paper follows.
  • A note from the Supervisor, Head of Department or another senior clinician to indicate the paper is legitimately the work of the applicant.
  • If the paper has been submitted for publication, or already published, full publication details must be noted.  Any feedback from the publication must also be noted.
  • If the paper is part of a thesis, the candidate may submit a report from his/her supervisor on the quality and value of the whole thesis, or any other evidence indicating this.

Assessment of the applications 

Papers will be scored primarily for their contribution to research into psychological trauma.  Additional factors considered in assessment will be originality, relevance, scholarship, methodology, style and presentation.

How to apply 
 
Entries should be forwarded to:

Dr Gregory Coman at email gqcoman@gmail.com by 30 June 2016

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE COVER SHEET

Media Awards


The annual ASTSS Media Award acknowledges and rewards high standards in the reporting of traumatic and highly stressful events.

The Award is open to pieces of journalism published print, radio and television as either a single report or series.

ASTSS invites all journalists, photographers and broadcasters to nominate themselves or their peers who show responsible and credible coverage of crime, family violence, natural disasters, accidents, war, genocide and other traumatic events.

The winning journalists' work takes into account the following critical aspects:

  • Portraying the traumatic incident with sensitivity, accuracy and insight
  • Being clear, engaging, with a strong theme or focus
  • Being sensitive to individuals, families and communities
  • Showing the broader impact of traumatic events on individuals and communities
  • Avoiding sensationalism
  • Maintaining high ethical journalistic practice

The Award is judged by a panel of eminent journalists and one ASTSS representative, all of whom donate their time for the Media Award Process.

Media Award winners include: Angela Pownall (2013), Denise Ryan (2012), Michael Vincent (2011), 774 ABC Radio (2010), Jane Cowan (2009), Mark Forbes (2008), Patrick Emmett (2007), Ian Henscki (2006), Paul McGeough (2005), Peter Mares (2003).

2013 Media Award Winner

Angela Pownall (The West Australian newspaper) for her articles “Mental health failings laid bare by report” , “Something needs to be done about the mental health system otherwise more people like me are going to die” and “suicide bid teenager recovering: mother”.

Her articles exposed dangerous flaws in Western Australia’s mental health system. The ASTSS media award judges were impressed with the sensitivity she showed to the fragile individuals involved in the investigation, as well as her persistence with a difficult and lengthy piece of journalism. They commend her work for bringing about real change, noting that this is a rare achievement indeed for a journalist. The judges also recognise that the state of mental health services is not a glamorous topic for a journalist to pursue, but that it represents a necessary discussion for the benefit of society.

Past Recipients

ASTSS has presented the Media Award for excellence in reporting since 2003. Over that time ASTSS has joined with eminent journalists to consider nominations and confer a peer with the Media Award. Previous judging panels have included:

  • Bill Birnbauer - The Age;
  • Julie Ann Davies - The Australian;
  • Paul Bethell - Journalist Educator Deakin University;
  • Brett Mcleod - Channel 9;
  • Rob Curtain - 3AW;
  • Kathy Bedford - ABC Radio;
  • Peter Mares - ABC National Interest;
  • Peter Wilson - Senior Cameraman ABC;
  • Kathryn Bowd - Program Director, School of Communication, Information and New Media, University of South Australia;
  • Colin James - Chief Legal Reporter, The Advertiser;
  • Katrina Kincaid-Sharkey - Independent Journalist;
  • Sandra Winter-Dewhirst - State Director, South Australia ABC

Media Awards Past Recipients

The ASTSS Media Award is an annual award to recognise excellence in journalistic reporting of traumatic events in any media (ie. print, radio, television, online).

2012

Denise Ryan

Senior Journalist  with "The Age" for the coverage of a tragic death and the impact on a community.

This year’s winner is Denise Ryan, journalist and senior education writer at The Age in Melbourne, for her series of features concerning the death of Michael Atakelt in July 2011. The judging panel were impressed by the sensitivity Denise displayed towards the deceased man’s family and friends, always balancing their emotional wellbeing with the need to bring a traumatic story to light. The judges also noted Denise’s courageous performance as a journalist, conducting interviews and collecting first hand information under considerable time pressure and difficult circumstances, and then conveying the story effectively without relying on sensationalism or pity.

2011

Michael Vincent

2010 / 2009

774 ABC Radio for its exemplary coverage of the ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires and its aftermath.

 

ASTSS notes the attention by the team to ensure individuals and communities were approached compassionately, and that their stories were genuinely given voluntarily. Whilst respectful of community sensitivities, the 774 ABC Team provided practical support and links to critical resources.  In particular, we note the coverage of reports and the progression of the fire while it occurred. Confirming their outstanding commitment, ABC’s 774 Team provided an exhaustive coverage during the initial stages of the disaster. We believe this continual air coverage informed the Victorian regional community and undoubtedly saved lives.

Media Awards Showreel (update link)

2009

ABC Senior Journalist, Jane Cowan for the  ‘Black Saturday Coverage’.

 

Her coverage comprised a series of evocative, yet measured items for ABC TV News’ 7pm bulletin on the Black Saturday bushfire disaster and its aftermath.  Jane Cowan was the first television journalist to reach Marysville the morning after the fires; she broke the news of the area’s devastation. Highlighted by intuitive interviews, her successive presentations covered the traumatic event with genuine sensitivity, yet maintained critical accuracy.  ABC TV bulletins showed the reality of residents’ dilemmas and the tragedy of their loss, yet emphasised local community strengths. Her coverage continued with the work of the Royal Commission and its impact on the devastated community. Click on the links above to watch Jane Cowan's 2009 ASTSS Media Award winning entry - 'Black Saturday Coverage'. Jane Cowan writes in her submission: "I've felt privileged to give voice to those who survived and to perhaps ask questions that those who perished cannot".

See the acceptance speech in the Media Awards Showreel (update link)

2008

Patrick Emmett -  ABC News: Stateline (South Australia)

Patrick Emmett's story is about three sisters who endured sexual abuse by their father and others throughout their childhood years. This was a compelling story, the subject was treated sensitively while maintaining the impact of the insidious nature of sexual abuse occurring in a family environment.
The father was convicted, Patrick Emmett was introduced to the three sisters at the time of the trial.

"Over a period of nine months I spoke to all the sisters and their mother and kept in close contact throughout their legal process. It was a very difficult and emotional journey, I developed a close relationship with all the women and they agreed to do a story when their court case was finalised. The interviews were difficult because of the sensitivity of thematerial, when it went to air the sisters were overwhelmed by how many people contacted them to offer support. They say doing the story was a positive experience for them that has changed their lives. One sister Maryanne has set upa website for sex abuse victims'."  Patrick Emmett, 2008

2007

Mark Forbes - Indonesian Correspondent with "The Age" newspaper - The Garuda Tragedy.

The Award was presented by ASTSS Immediate Past President, Lynda Matthews, Felicity May.

DART Centre for Journalism Representative, Cait McMahon, accepted the Media Award on Mark Forbes' behalf.

See the acceptance speech in the Media Awards Showreel (update link)

2006

Ian Henschke - ABC Stateline South Australia, "Port Arthur Massacre"

Ian Henschke accepted the 2006 ASTSS Media Award at the annual conference of ASTSS and ACPMH Australasian Conference On Traumatic Stress - ACOTS). Mr Henschke was recognised for his report on the memorial of the Port Arthur Massacre, ten years after the event. With twenty years of experience in dealing with victims in the media, by nature Mr Henschke pursues stories with high ethical standards and in turn respects the victims' wishes. His philosophy for being a journalist and reporting about victims and traumatic events is, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". The prized report shown in April of this year highlighted how the traumatic event of the massacre of 35 people affected two families.

2005

Paul McGeough - Sydney Morning Herald, Iraqi War

 

ASTSS is proud to present this annual Award to for his work during and after the Iraqi war, particularly for his insightfulness into the terror, trauma and suffering of the Iraqi people.

Not since perhaps World War II, certainly the proxi-war dramas of the Cold War, has the world been in the mess in which it finds itself today. The immediate crisis might be in Iraq, but it extends much further. Like the elements that made up Sebastian Junger's The Perfect Storm, the human and security crisis in Baghdad pushes up against a crisis for democracy in Washington and London; and all of this unfolds in a greater crisis of terrorism for the whole world, in which smaller nations like Australia have great difficulty finding their feet.

2003

Peter Mares - Independent Journalist, "Borderline"

See the acceptance speech in the Media Awards Showreel (update link)

Media Award 2012 Winner - Article 1

Denise Ryan, "Police face fury over death of African man", in The Age, 17 July 2011.

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Media Award 2012 Winner - Article 2

Denise Ryan, "Lost for answers", in The Age, 24 July 2011.
Denise Ryan, "Model approach as women lead way from prejudice", in The Age, 24 July 2011.Filesize: 4.74 MB | Upload Date: 17 October 2012
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Media Award 2012 Winner - Article 3

Denise Ryan, "Hard lessons in a new land", in The Age, 25 July 2011.

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Jane Cowan Acceptance Speech 2009.mov

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2009 Media Award Recipient - Jane Cowan (Healesville).mov

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2009 Media Award Recipient - Jane Cowan (PM Visit).mov

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2009 Media Award Recipient - Jane Cowan (Royal Commission).mov

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ASTSS Media Award 2007

The Age foreign correspondent wins 2007 ASTSS Media Award.

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Research Awards


General Information

The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies is pleased to offer an award for academic excellence in the field of traumatic stress research. The ASTSS Research Award is designed to acknowledge and encourage relatively new researchers in the study of traumatic stress and thereby advance the knowledge of psychological trauma and recovery.

ASTSS offers a Research Award in each year that it co-hosts an Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS). The next ACOTS conference is in Queensland in 2016. Thus the closing date for the current round of Research Award applications is 30 June 2016. Full information regarding the awards, eligibility criteria and submission dates are contained in the following documents:

 

In summary:

Three awards are offered, ranging in value from $100 plus a one year membership subscription to ASTSS, to, $500 plus a one year membership subscription to ASTSS.

Applicants must be current enrolled students or recent (within the last two years) students

Applications should take the form of a paper that follows the format of a professional journal of the applicant's choice. It should be no more than 7,500 words, including an abstract of no more than 250 words, references, tables and figures.

Papers will be scored primarily for their contribution to research into psychological trauma. Additional factors considered in assessment will be originality, relevance, scholarship, methodology, style and presentation.

Enquiries should be directed to the ASTSS Development Officer, Dr Greg Coman at 03 9288 3186 or gqcoman@gmail.com

 

2014 ASTSS Research Awards Winners and Past Recipients

There is an article in the June 2012 Stress Points presenting an overview of the Research Award (so become a member to get the ejournal)

ASTSS 2014 Research Award Recipients

First Prize

Debbie Hocking (Victoria University)

Mental disorders in asylum seekers: the role of the refugee determination process and employment.

Debbie was a DPsych student at Victoria University and is now extending her doctoral research. She is now a second year Post-Doc Fellow at Florey Institute where is developing a screening tool for mental disorders in asylum-seekers.

Second Prize

Ralph Tramm (Monash University)

Identification and prevalence of PTSD risk factors in extracorporeal membrane oxygenation patients: a single centre study.

Ralph was a PhD Student at Monash University and is now conducting a prospective longitudinal study of traumatic stress in critical care patients 3,6,12 and 18 months follow up after discharge from hospital.

2011 Research Award Recipients

2010 Research Award Recipients

2009 Research Award Recipients

2008 Research Award Recipients

2007 Research Award Recipients

2006 Research Award Recipient

2004 Annual Australasian Academic Award

Honorary Life Memberships


In 2014, ASTSS is very pleased to acknowledge the considerable contribution of two recipients of this year’s ASTSS Honorary Life Member Awards.

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David Kerr -  has been Treasurer of ASTSS and therefore a member of the Management Committee for approximately 10 years. He is responsible for the management of finances and regular reporting of financial state to the Management Committee, lodging of the Annual Return; processing of income and expenditure; presenting audited accounts to each AGM and managing and coordinating signatories to the various state based and national ASTSS accounts. He has also been the Executive Officer of ASTSS for at least 2 years.

Bronwyn Tarrant - Tarrant has been editor of Stress Points for more than 6 years; was collector and publisher of numerous podcasts, available on the ASTSS website; coordinator of the ASTSS Media Award for the last three years; and website content coordinator and manager.

Both of these long standing members have worked tirelessly and enthusiastically in furtherance of the financial and administrative functions of the Society. The organisation thanks them both for their dedication and contribution over many years.

Previous Honorary Life Membership Award recipients:

  • Professor Beverley Raphael
  • Ruth Wraith
  • Dr Paul Valent
  • Dr Paddy Burgess-Watson
  • Judy Burgess-Watson
  • Professor Sandy McFarlane
  • Dr John Raftery
  • Professor Lynda Matthews

Poster Prize


Poster Prize

The Poster Prize is awarded at the bi-annual Australasian Conference On Traumatic Stress (ACOTS) hosted by the Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) and the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH).

Each poster accepted for presentation at ACOTS is automatically nominated for the Poster Prize. The Poster Prize judging panel consists of members of both the ACOTS Scientific Committee and ACOTS Organising Committee.

The Poster Prize winner and runner up are announced during ACOTS.

The Prize is open to experienced researchers and clinicians through to postgraduate students.

For more information contact the develomentofficer@astss.org.au

Student Scholarship


Student Scholarship

Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies together with the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health awards two prizes to students who present at the Australasian Conference on Traumatic Stress (ACOTS).

To be eligible the student must:

have an abstract accepted to present either a paper or poster at ACOTS
attend ACOTS
present either the paper or poster
The Student Awards are financial to encourage and support students in advancing trauma recovery and research.

Further information coming soon.