Using exercise to counter post-traumatic stress

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges postgraduate research students to present their research topic in just three minutes to an intelligent, non-specialist audience in an engaging way.

Simon Rosenbaum was a finalist in the University's round of the competition. His thesis explores the use of exercise to address post-traumatic stress.

Simon is an accredited exercise physiologist (AEP). He is involved with the national organisation Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA) on both a state and national level, trying to raise the profile and define the role of AEPs within mental health.

As well as the subject of his 3MT, Simon has conducted a systematic review in which he reviewed all exercise and mental health literature, including symptoms of depression, schizophrenia, and the physical health impact of exercise interventions for those with a mental illness. He is looking to submit this for publication by the end of this year.

Simon has also just submitted a paper for publication that explores methods of measuring physical activity amongst in-patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.