Victoria Cross recipient Cpl Mark Donaldson says the military is using lessons learnt from the Vietnam War to treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress.
He is helping drive an effort to rehabilitate wounded soldiers that will see a small group of veterans of the Afghan conflict race 300km across the South Pole in competition with allied soldiers from Britain and the US.
Two Australian soldiers are likely to take part in the four-week race in December that will see them walk up to 40km a day carrying loads of 75kg in temperatures as low as minus 45C.
The Australians will team up with two Canadians and compete against two teams of four American soldiers and four British soldiers.
All of the soldiers involved have suffered wounds from insurgent bullets and bombs in Afghanistan.
Cpl Donaldson, the patron-in-chief of Australian military charity Soldier On, says the adventure will assist in the physical and mental rehabilitation of wounded Diggers.
Pte Heath Jamieson, who was shot through the neck during a firefight in 2011, says he hopes his actions will inspire others recovering from mental and physical wounds.