Transition research aims to improve wellbeing

Published on Department of Defence (author), ABIS Chantell Bianchi (photographer)

Topic(s): Health, Fitness and Wellbeing

Defence members and their families are invited to participate in a wellbeing study.

 (photo: ABIS Chantell Bianchi)
Defence members and their families are invited to participate in a wellbeing study.

Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs are calling for members and their families to participate in the Transition and Wellbeing Research Program.

The program is the largest and most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia to examine the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel and their families. 

If you are an Australian Defence Force member, or have transitioned out of full-time service since 2010, or have a family member who meets this criteria, you may be contacted to participate. 

The service chiefs have approved the program, which will look at mental health and wellbeing after transition, the impact of combat as well as family wellbeing in three separate studies. 

Commander Joint Health Command Rear Admiral Robyn Walker said Defence was committed to the health and wellbeing of Australian Defence Force personnel.

“Your participation will help us  gain a better understanding of the health impacts of contemporary military service,” she said.

“This knowledge assists Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to develop and offer improved services to all Australian Defence Force members, serving and ex-serving, and their families.”

The Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide will lead a team of researchers to complete the Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study and the Impact of Combat Study. 

The Australian Institute of Family Studies will conduct the Family Wellbeing Study.

Data collection began in early June and will end in November. 

Up to 50,000 serving (including 5,000 reservists) and ex-serving members, and up to 35,000 family members, will be invited to participate in the different components of the program.

Data will be collected through surveys and some individuals will be invited to participate in telephone interviews and physical tests, including neurocognitive assessments. 

Only family members nominated by serving or ex-serving members will be invited to participate.

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