About the 2021 Summit in Brisbane

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a syndrome of prolonged stress reactions. It can have an enormous impact on the quality of life and up to one in ten of us will be affected by PTSD in our lifetime. But what is PTSD? How can we treat PTSD? And what role do dogs play?

Whiskey’s Wish came together as a result of the positive rehabilitative effects that were seen amongst recipients of the program with training service dogs.  The majority of these recipients are Veterans from all Tri-services, with a growing number of First responders (such as Police, SES, Firefighters, Paramedics) and Correctional Officers coming into the program.

Training dogs and understanding their positive therapeutic qualities have always been easy for us to understand, but training alongside people who have been deeply impacted by their service can at times prove to be a very different sort of training from the normal “sit, drop and stay” of general obedience dog training. It is understanding the mental psyche of many of the triggers that our recipients may experience.  This presents a different type of training model for many of our trainers.

The Whiskey’s Wish Summit will aim to address these questions by bringing together clinicians with members of Whiskey’s Wish, providing relevant clinical perspectives with lived experience of PTSD. It will also serve as a platform to launch the first Whiskey’s Wish Service Dog training manual and module for trainers.

Who Should Attend?

  • Psychiatrists

  • Psychologists

  • Clinical Psychologists

  • GP's

  • Counsellors

  • Social Workers

  • Occupational Therapists

  • Case Managers/Work Rehabilitation

  • Support workers

  • Peer workers

  • Force free/positive dog trainers 


More speakers to come

Steven Ashton
UK Ambassador
Whiskey's Wish Inc.
John Davidson
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
Dr David Graham, BSc (Hons) MBBS MPhil PhD
Whiskey’s Wish Inc.
Prof David Forbes, MA PhD
Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Liz Jackman
Co-Founder, Treasurer, and the Training Program Project Officer
Whiskey’s Wish Inc.
Scott Jackman
Founder, President & Head Dog Trainer
Whiskey's Wish Inc.
Dr Andrew Khoo, MBBS FRANZCP
Consultant Psychiatrist & Director of Medical Services & Chair of the Medical Council
Toowong Private Hospital
Shane Kirby
Whiskey's Wish Inc.
John T. Krotec
US Ambassador
Whiskey's Wish Inc.
Dr Pauline Vitte
Concord Psychiatric Department
Rachel Regan
Dog Trainer
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646 S Pine Rd
Eatons Hill, 4037


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This project received grant funding from the Australian Government through the Department of Social Services

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