Who We Are
Founded in 2018 by Roger and Angie Weeks
PTSD Dog’s Australia is a Not For Profit Charity solely dedicated to the rescuing, re-homing and training of suitable displaced and unwanted dogs to support and assist Australia’s First Responders (Fire, Police Ambulance) and the Australian Defence Force (A.D.F) Air Force, Army and Navy suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) both current and retired. PTSD Dog’s Australia also provides personalised / group training and Assistance Dog Certification for people who already own a dog considered appropriate as a PTSD Certified Assistance Dog.
As a national organisation PTSD Dog’s Australia also provides an education program to inform and promote greater awareness around PTSD certified Assistance Dog’s to the greater community in both relevant private and public organisations.
The following members of the PTSD Dogs Australia team are all unpaid volunteers without who we could not operate.
Angie has studied across a number of disciplines including Education, Real Estate, Horticulture, Built Environment and Dog Behaviour and Training special interest Assistance Dog. She has owned several businesses in Real Estate, Horticulture and currently a highly successful dog welcoming accommodation business called Angie’s Garden.
Angie, identifies strongly with social responsibility and believes that both individuals and corporations are accountable for making the world a better place and that it starts with our personal actions as an Individual. These actions must benefit the whole of society.
Angie, has been an active volunteer, advocate and supporter in a number of personal interest areas including an underprivileged girls touch football team, where she was known as “the positive people”, RSPCA supporter, Australia Zoo Wildlife Warrior, The Orangutan Project, Wildlife Currumbin Sanctuary and more recently created Project Shelter which helps provide Food Shelter and Vet care for shelter dogs at Maryborough Animal Refuge.
Having been diagnosed with both Complex PTSD and Major Depression, Roger understands what it is like to live with these debilitating conditions and the difficulties faced when a person with these conditions is trying to learn something new.
Drawing on the knowledge gained through his psychology degree along with his military service, Roger is able to liaise with our trainers to ensure our training program is well balanced and sensitive to the needs of our veterans ensuring the best outcomes for all concerned.
Julie has a Bachelor of Business and is a member of CPA Australia. She runs her own small Accounting firm that was established in 2007. She is also a Tax Agent and a Justice of the Peace. Julie, is an active member of the community and has held committee positions over the years for a number of local clubs.
Her personal interests include running and she is currently co Event Director of Hervey Bay parkrun. Julie is a vegetarian and believes that everyone, although small, can make a contribution to making the world a better place. She is an animal lover and you are always greeted by her dog and cat when you come to see her. This passion for animals and helping others, along with her accounting & business knowledge makes her an asset to the board of PTSD Dogs Australia Ltd.
These dedicated trainers have given so much of their time to ensure that we have a robust and highly successful training program that not only teaches our rescue dogs how to behave in public but also how to interact with their handler so they become an effective team.
Wearing dual hats, our CEO Angie is also head trainer.
Angie has been training dogs most of her life and has her NDTF (National Dog Training Federation) qualifications which includes Dog Behaviorist with speciality in Assistance Dogs.
Our Western Australia trainer brings a wealth of training knowledge from her previous career which includes training dogs to assist in apprehending wildlife poachers in South Africa and is also fully qualified through NDTF