First Female Veteran Study Undertaken
- Wednesday 22 February 2006

The Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association (APPVA) has welcomed the first study into female war, peacekeeping and peacemaking veterans and the implications for reintegration and rehabilitation back into the community.

This is the first study ever undertaken into female veterans and the effects of operational service, APPVA National President, Paul Copeland, said.

The study is funded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and will be undertaken by Victoria University as part of a fifteen month research project.

The research project will investigate the experiences of female veterans and impact of war and peacekeeping in the post Vietnam era on family and social networks .

Under the current operational tempo of the Australian Defence Force, more female members are being deployed across the three services, Mr Copeland said.

“The results of this study will allow support structures to better promote the health and well being of our female veterans.”

“The APPVA, along with the Vietnam Veterans’ Association, has strongly supported this study by providing female veteran representation to participate in the focus group discussions.”

Mr Copeland said the APPVA would continue to actively campaign for better support for all new veterans – recently being successful in having service in Rwanda reclassified from “hazardous” to “warlike.”

The APPVA represents veterans who have served on all UN operations since 1947 in addition to operations and peacekeeping missions since Vietnam. This is inclusive of police officers serving overseas as part of the International Deployment Group and female veterans.

CONTACT: National President Paul Copeland Mobile: 0419 355 226