Highlights from the Media Centre

Using clinical yoga therapy to alleviate the symptoms of chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder, and a new Urban and Regional Planning Space at the City West, are two of the top stories from UniSA's Media Centre for November:

Combat-related PTSD calmed by yoga therapy

Older man in yoga pose.Clinical yoga therapy has been found to alleviate the symptoms of chronic combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), potentially providing a treatment to deliver much-needed relief for the hundreds of military veterans in Australia suffering from the debilitating condition.

In a dynamic industry partnership, the research from the Repatriation General Hospital, the UniSA and Mindful Movement Physiotherapy, reveals across-the-board improvements for PTSD sufferers, including reduced stress, depression and anxiety.

Lead researcher, senior psychiatrist and director of the PTSD Unit at the Repatriation General Hospital, Dr Linda McCarthy, says the Australian-first study confirms the clinical utility of yoga as an adjuvant strategy for combat-related PTSD.


Liveable cities – it’s all in the planning

Town planning illustrationUrban planning history says as much about the evolution of civil societies as everyday politics, according to UniSA’s Dr Johannes Pieters.

Program Director for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and the Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning, Dr Pieters believes says planning and politics have always gone hand-in-hand in the creation of great cities.

“People have lived in cities for thousands of years and the responsibility for deciding how land should be used to build a safe, settlement and feed the population has always been political but politics alone isn’t enough to plan great cities,” Dr Pieters says.

To coincide with World Planning Day, UniSA is opening a new Urban and Regional Planning Space at the City West campus showcasing the work of its students and in particular the projects that third year students are involved in during their placements with industry.

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