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Research and development in DVA

Applied Research Programme

The Applied Research Programme (ARP) provides best practice research about the health and wellbeing needs of Australia's veteran community and ways to improve DVA’s services and care. DVA continually monitors and assesses the approach to research to improve the availability and quality of evidence.

Arrangements for Ethical Approval from 1 July 2017

Following a Government decision to merge the Australian Defence Human Research Ethics Committee and the Department of Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee, a new joint human research ethics committee (HREC) — the Departments of Defence and Veterans' Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (DDVA HREC) was established from 1 July 2017. Find out more about the DDVA HREC

All active research protocols that received ethical approval under the DVA HREC have been transferred to the DDVA HREC for ongoing monitoring.  This includes submitting progress reports and protocol changes to the DDVA HREC.

Any new research proposals that relate to current or ex-serving members (veterans) of the Australian Defence Forces should be reviewed by the DDVA HREC for ethical approval.

The DDVA HREC secretariat can be contacted via

Evidence Compass

DVA's Evidence Compass is a searchable tool that allows easy access to a wide range of evidence-based research.

It provides a comprehensive account of literature on topics of military and veterans’ health and wellbeing.

Health Studies and Social Research

A listing of DVA's health studies and other social research publications.

Military and Veteran Research Study Roll

In order to conduct research into contemporary military service, Defence and DVA have created the Military and Veteran Research Study Roll (Study Roll) — a database of current serving ADF personnel  and ex-serving ADF personnel who transitioned out of the ADF between 2010 and 2014.

MRCA Rehabilitation Long-Term Study

The MRCA Rehabilitation Long-Term Study is a joint DVA-Department of Defence project that will examine the effectiveness of rehabilitation arrangements under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA) within both the Australian Defence Force and DVA, over the long term.

Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme 

The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme is the most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia that examines the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of:

  • serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, including those who have been deployed in contemporary conflicts, and
  • their families.

For further information visit Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme.

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