Research & Development

This section contains information about health research and development activities.

Information Description
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.

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

Family Study Program

A summary of the studies and registration information.

The health and wellbeing of female Vietnam and Contemporary Veterans

This report draws on interviews with 60 female veterans who deployed from the Vietnam era onwards (as well as 30 workers in veterans’ services) to give a picture of the experiences of female veterans and impact on health and wellbeing.

Health studies

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

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.

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).

Department of Veterans' Affairs 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.

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