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The Australian Defence Force Review

The National Mental Health Commission is on track to deliver a comprehensive Review of services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in relation to prevention of self-harm and suicide. 

Since the Review was announced on 11 August 2016 by Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, a great deal of work has been undertaken.

To discuss the progress of the Review, the Commission participated in a round table meeting attended by Sussan Ley, Minister for Health and Aged Care and Dan Tehan, Minister for Defence Personnel.

Our final report on the Review will be presented to the government on 28 March 2017.

 
Work on the Review to date

On 2 November 2016, the Commission invited everyone to have a say on the Review and provide their submissions by Sunday, 27 November.

We received 100 submissions and over 3000 responses were received to surveys conducted with current and former ADF members, families and service providers.

Our work to date on the Review includes:

  • An extensive literature review of Australian and international evidence.
  • A documentation review (desktop audits) and analysis including analysis of online resources.
  • Results and analysis from five online surveys.
  • Key informant interviews (39 complete)
  • In-depth interviews.
  • Group discussions with: current and former ADF members, families and service providers which involved all three service arms across Western Australia, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Queensland.
  • ADF/DVA mapping: service mapping using international classification system for all ADF Health sites including repatriation hospitals and VVCS. Service Mapping comparisons for metro and regional areas relevant to former service personnel. Associated tables and commentary.
  • Geo-spatial mapping of population profiling, socio-demographic risk factors and health status for all 31 Primary Health Network regions (465 socio-demographic maps) and preparation of nine service geo-spatial maps relating to services in eight Joint Health Areas.

The Commission has been working with the Project Reference Group as well as with the Australian Advisory Group on Suicide Prevention.

The Commission will continue with analysis of all the data collected, conduct a fact checking exercise with key stakeholders and formulate the final report with recommendations.

 

"Even the most disadvantaged Australians should be able to lead a 'contributing life,' whatever that means for them and this simple goal will be our touchstone and yardstick."

Chair Prof Allan Fels AO
National Mental Health Commission

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