Mental illness and the military: an historical and contemporary exploration of the Australian Defence Force and Department of Veterans' Affairs' mental health policies

Past project

Ex-service personnel are more likely than their civilian counterparts to suffer from mental illness. This research aimed to understand how the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Department of Veterans' Affairs deal with mental illness and post-war readjustment in both peacekeeping and active service personnel. It examined how history has influenced contemporary perceptions and policies, despite a changing defence environment. This research is significant at a time when Australia's military strategy is dominated by terrorism and while the ADF continues to deploy defence personnel on active service and peacekeeping missions. The study assessed the extent to which Australia meets best practice guidelines for preventing, intervening in and responding to mental illness in this cohort.

Funding Agency

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

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