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December 15, 2004
Major research study on post traumatic stress among emergency medical services personnel to be announced tomorrow
The Tema Conter Memorial Trust will announce the funding of a new research
study on the prevention and management of post traumatic stress disorder among
Emergency Medical Service personnel.

In the course of their work, paramedics are exposed to emotionally traumatic
situations every day. They often witness violent, tragic and gruesome
situations that put them at risk of experiencing post traumatic stress disorder
at rates two to three times higher than that of the general population. The
Greater Toronto Area alone has suffered a multitude of highly violent crimes of
late and the experience is leaving its mark on the people who keep the city
safe - and on their families.

Date: Thursday, December 16
Time: 10 a.m.
Place: Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters
4330 Dufferin St.

Vince Savoia, Executive Director, Tema Conter Memorial Trust
Deputy Chief Wayne Vibert, Toronto Emergency Medical Services
David Doiron, Chair, Ambulance Unit, CUPE Local 416
Dr. Janice Halpern, Mount Sinai Hospital
Dr. Scott Bishop, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Dr. Brian Schwartz, Sunnybrook and Women's College Hospital
Dr. Maria Gurevich, Ryerson University

With a mission to better understand the effects of post traumatic stress on
emergency services personnel, The Tema Conter Memorial Trust invests not only
in important research but also in prevention and training. An important
additional component is public education so that people understand the
sacrifice emergency workers and their families make by serving their community.

For more information, see

Media Contacts:
Larry Roberts, Toronto EMS Media Relations, 416-392-2255 office;
416-708-8125 cell
Jennifer Faulkner, Tema Conter Memorial Trust,
1-866-646-7228, ext. 304



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