From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List
Sent: Wed 24/08/2011 12:13 PM

VETERANS ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE IN WORLD-FIRST RESEARCH

Some 27,000 Vietnam veterans, their peers and family members will be sent a questionnaire this week to participate in a world-first, intergenerational research project, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon said today.

The Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study is investigating the long-term impacts of wartime service on families of deployed personnel.

“A questionnaire will be distributed to the 27,000 people who have registered to participate. The results will be combined with data from telephone surveys, focus groups and other studies which are now being finalised, including a child mortality study.

“The various research components completed to date will be built into the final study report, which will identify factors that help Vietnam veterans and their families effectively deal with the stress and impact of active service,” Mr Snowdon said.

Mr Snowdon said the research findings will also help to improve the support and services available to contemporary servicemen and women who have been or will be deployed on operations.

“The results from our Vietnam veterans and their families will help us to better plan for the future health needs of veterans from recent conflicts in East Timor, Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.

“I urge everyone who has registered for the Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study to complete the questionnaire. I can assure all participants that every response counts and is vitally important in ensuring we get the full picture on the health of our Vietnam veterans and their families.”

Personnel from the Vietnam War era who were not deployed to Vietnam, as well as their partners, ex partners and children, are also being surveyed to provide comparisons between the two groups.

The final report is expected to be presented to the Government by late next year.

For those who haven’t registered to participate in the Study – it’s not too late. For more information on registering, visit the DVA website, call 1800 502 302 or email healthstudy@dva.gov.au.

Media inquiries:
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 4787