The health and wellbeing of female Vietnam and contemporary veterans
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) commissioned this study 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 study found that overall, the women interviewed ‘highly value their careers in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and are empowered by the skills and opportunity it affords them.’ Nevertheless, the report identified a range of issues affecting female veterans’ interactions with DVA and the ADF, with impacts on health and wellbeing.
After considering this report, the Repatriation Commission and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission requested that a Steering Committee be established in conjunction with the Department of Defence which included current serving women to examine what general and specific services were required to further support ADF service women. This committee met for the first time on 2 May 2013.
The Health and Wellbeing of Female Vietnam and Contemporary Veterans report is available here: