Family Study Program
In August 2007, the Australian Government announced $13.5 million for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) to establish the Family Study Program, an ongoing research program to assess the impact of service on the health and welfare of the families of deployed Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, including Vietnam veterans and those from more recent deployments such as Timor-Leste.
The program aims to help DVA and Defence better understand the impact of deployment on families and the kinds of support services that would best help these families.
The Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study is expected to be completed in 2014 and the Timor-Leste Family Study was completed in September 2012.
The Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study
The Vietnam Veterans’ Family Study is researching the impacts of service on the families of ADF personnel who either:
- deployed to Vietnam; or
- served in the ADF during the Vietnam era but were not deployed to Vietnam.
The Timor-Leste Family Study
The Timor-Leste Family Study investigated the impacts of service on the families of current and ex-members of the ADF who either:
- deployed to Timor-Leste; or
- were eligible to deploy to Timor-Leste but did not.
These members may have also deployed on other operations.