ABOUT PTSD RESURRECTED INC

PTSD Resurrected Inc. was established in 2017 to restore Hope, Healing and Purpose to individuals suffering from PTSD as a result of trauma experienced during their service. 

It was birthed out of a necessity to provide hope to the Veteran and First Responder community suffering extremely high suicide rates as a direct result of trauma. 

The Charity recognises trauma does not only impact an individual but the entire family, as a result we help individuals and families address trauma from a holistic perspective including spiritual, mental and physical.

Watch our Video to learn How and Why PTSD Resurrected Inc started.

PTSD Resurrected Inc Charity Founders

– Andy & Zoe Cullen

Andy is a veteran of 17 years service in the Australian Army. Retiring as a Major in 2012 having served 6 years as a soldier in the Royal Australian Infantry (RAINF) and later as an Officer in the Royal Australian Engineers (RAE) focusing much of his career in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD). He was awarded the COMMENDATION FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE for operations in Afghanistan.

Zoe grew up in the tranquil hills of Byron Bay living in a mud brick home built by her parents. Zoe has a passion for life, family, travel and after university married into the Army, her own career taking a back seat to Andy’s life as a Military Officer.

Andy was diagnosed with PTSD following multiple deployments to Afghanistan. Zoe was forced into the position of sole parent of their four young children. Andy’s condition worsened while he battled with a loss of identity and purpose following his retirement from the Army. He eventually ended up in a mental hospital falling into a dark depression that very nearly cost him his life, leaving Zoe to pick up the pieces of the broken family.

Together they fought their way through the many challenges that living with PTSD brings.

Meet our PTSD Resurrected Inc Patron

– Jim Wallace

Jim Wallace is the Chairman of the Australian Christian Lobby, one of Australia’s fastest growing political organisations, which aims to see Christian values better acknowledged in the way we are governed, do business and relate as a community. Jim previously spent 32 years in the Army reaching the rank of Brigadier General and with his commands including: the Special Air Service Regiment (88 – 90), the Special Forces (93 -95) and the Army’s 1 st Brigade. (97-98) He is a graduate of Duntroon, The British Army Staff College and the Australian College of Defence and Strategic Studies. He served with UNTSO on the Golan Heights and in Lebanon throughout 1980. In 1984 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to counter-terrorism.

On leaving the Army he was a sought after commentator on Defence issues including regularly on 7.30 Report and Lateline and with many Op Eds in the major papers including the Age and Australian. He is also published on strategy by the International Institute for Strategic Studies (Lon).

He was a Government appointee to the Council of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute from 2003 until 2010, and was also appointed by Government to the National Committee for International Security Issues. He is a co-founder of the Australian Christian Lobby and was its initial Executive Chairman and then Managing Director between Oct 2000 and May 2013, and is currently also the Chairman of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute.

Jim worships with his family at the Hughes Baptist Church in Canberra.

Meet our Ambassador

– Wayne McCurtrie – Ultra Runner

An ADF Veteran with 17 years service, Wayne is an accomplished Ultra-Marathoner, Entrepreneur and Advocate for Veterans Health. 

 
Having been diagnosed with PTSD in 2009 after multiple deployments on active service, Wayne initially coped well, throwing himself in work and hobbies and living an active life. In 2015 after forced redundancy he relapsed suffered a major breakdown becoming isolated and withdrawn and became progressively anti-social, taking impulsive actions and engaging in risky behaviours. 
 
It was during this time that Wayne began running as a coping mechanism and soon found the structure and routine of training gave him the purpose and drive that he had been unconsciously searching for.
 
Ultra-Marathons became a way of life, the unique challenges each event presented was an opportunity to discover more about himself as he pushed his body and mind beyond breaking point.
 
The community, passion and  purpose served as a process for re-connection and integration with family and friends. In 2018 Wayne set off on a 1500km over 22 days, running from Brisbane to Winton to tell a Veterans story of finding resilience on the journey home from war, he successfully raised funds to support PTSD Resurrected in the important work we do as a charity.
 
We welcome Wayne to the PTSD Resurrected family as an ambassador helping to raise awareness, hope and healing to individuals and families in need.

Meet our Team Member / Reboot Leader

– Paul Davidson

Paul Davidson took part in our very first Reboot Combat Recovery Course. The positive impact on his life has brought him to join our team and become our Brisbane course leader.

Paul was medically discharged from the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC in July 2001 following 19 years of service mostly in Belfast, Northern Ireland. During his service he was involved in “beat and patrol” in the urban environment, Divisional Mobile Support Unit: public order urban and rural, anti terrorist operations urban and rural, search teams urban and rural, Operational Support. Following serious injury in 1995 his work took him to Headquarters and rehabilitation to return to his operational support policing role. In 1998 – 1999 his injuries forced him to become purely office based with his work in the “Murder Archive Team” examining murders from 1969 – 1999, this leading to his medical discharge in 2001.

Paul matriculated at University Of Ulster in Jordanstown (UUJ), Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, at 38 years of age to study physiotherapy, graduating in June 2005 with a Bachelor of Science with Honours 2.1. He was fortunate enough to lecture at UUJ, then entered the Northern Ireland Health Service and has been working in private practice for 14 years, 9 of which have been in Australia. Paul’s experience with PTSD and depression has been long with a diagnosis only after leaving the force and being in University and going through what he thought was normal exam stress etc. He had tried all the courses and techniques that were available and nothing really worked until he tried Reboot Combat Recovery Course. Thus his passion to lead the course and see other lives with similar stories like his change by bringing them hope and healing and purpose.