Research & Development

This section contains information about health research and development activities.

Information Description

ADF Mental Health Lifecycle Package

Information about the Mental Health Lifecycle Package that introduced a range of mental health initiatives to improve mental health across Australian Defence Force members' lifecycle.

Applied Research Program

Information about funding for commissioned research that helps DVA better identify and address the health and wellbeing needs of the veteran community.

Australian Veterans and War Widows - Your Lives, Your Needs 2006

A summary of the key findings from the 2006 Survey of Veterans, War Widows and their Carers

Ethics Committee

DVA Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) documentation and information

Evaluation of the DVA Mental Health Initiatives 2007-2010 

This is the final report of the Evaluation of DVA’s mental health initiatives undertaken by the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health (ACPMH).

Evidence Compass The DVA Evidence Compass is a website where research literature is organised, reviewed, synthesised and disseminated on questions of high importance to DVA.

Family Study Program

A summary of the studies and registration information.

Health studies

A look at DVA's research studies program covering younger veterans, deployment and aged care.

Operation Life Suicide Awareness: A review This report provides the findings and recommendations from a review of the Operation Life Suicide Awareness Workshops.

PTSD Group Treatment Programs: Final Report

An evaluation of the effectiveness of PTSD group treatment programs, in the context of the changed nature of deployments, in order to ensure that services offered to DVA clients are evidence based and meet the needs of both older and contemporary cohorts.

Suicide study

Examines the broad issue of suicide in the ex-service community. Submissions close 20 September 2008.

The Health and Wellbeing of Female Vietnam and Contemporary Veterans

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) commissioned Dr Samantha Crompvoets to study the health and well being of Australian female veterans in 2009 in order to learn more about the needs of the growing number of female veterans. The study was completed in 2012. The report’s findings were based on in-depth interviews with 60 female veterans and 30 workers in the female veteran health and wellbeing field, as well as reviews of previous research. The ADF Service Women Steering Committee considered the findings of the study when designing recommendations for Defence and DVA to improve current and former ADF service women’s access to services. Defence and DVA have responded, accepting most of the recommendations. Both departments are committed to providing the best care and support for all serving members and veterans, including responding effectively to service women's needs.

The Impact of War Experiences on Dementia in Veterans - Final Report March 2012

This report provides the findings of a study that investigated the relationship between PTSD and dementia in a sample of Australian veterans.

Training for Secondary Mental Health Workers Initiative - final Report August 2011

This report provides information on an initiative to increase the competency of community based mental health providers who provide treatment to veterans.
Exploring future service needs of Australian Defence Force Reservists DVA commissioned this study in 2011 to gain a better understanding of the experiences of reservists.  It is based on in-depth interviews with reservists and a review of the academic literature and other documents.

Transition & Wellbeing Research Programme

Australia's largest and most comprehensive research program which examines the impact of military service on the the health and wellbeing of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.