Sent: Mon 16/11/2015 3:46 PM
Health survey of recent veterans & ADF personnel closing soon
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today encouraged current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and eligible former members to complete a University of Adelaide survey about the impact of contemporary military service on their health and wellbeing.
“As the nature of military service is changing, so too is its impact on our servicemen and women. This means we need to have a good understanding of those elements of our support services that are working—and where improvements need to be made—for veterans who served in the most recent conflicts,” Mr Robert said.
“As a former ADF member myself, I know that leaving the military, with its purpose, structure and camaraderie, and starting over as a civilian can be a dramatic change.
“How well people cope with the transition can be a determining factor in their ongoing health and wellbeing. Coming into this portfolio, one of my priorities is improving support for our servicemen and women through this period of change.”
The Transition and Wellbeing survey for serving ADF members and those who left between 2010 and 2014 closes in two weeks, on 30 November.
The University of Adelaide survey asks questions about the impact of military service on physical and mental health. It also covers issues such as housing, finding work and the quality of the Government’s support and services for veterans and their families.
Survey participants can nominate their spouse or partner, or another family member, to complete a survey about their Defence family experience.
All eligible current and former ADF personnel should have already received an email with an invitation to participate. If not, they can register directly at www.transitionandwellbeing.adelaide.edu.au .
“The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme delivers on the Government’s commitment to develop an evidence base for treatment and services for our veterans made in our Mental and Social Health Action Plan, released last month,” Mr Robert said.
“I thank all who have already completed the survey. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to volunteer an hour of your time so the Government has the most complete picture possible of how to support ADF members and their families as they transition into civilian life.”
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert): 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling.
Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)