Effective Mental Health Services for Australian Veterans and their Families

Effective Mental Health Services for Australian Veterans and their Families

Formal Title: Effective Mental Health Services for Australian Veterans and their Families
Method: Mixed methods research design
Investigators: 
Bolton Clarke: Jessica Occleston (PhD candidate)
Monash University: Associate Professor Duncan Mortimer
Funder: Bolton Clarke
Duration: July 2015 – ongoing
Status: On hold March 2017 – March 2018 due to PhD student’s leave of absence

Background:

Access to appropriate mental health services for veterans and their families is often hindered by confusion around entitlements, availability and best practice. There has been very little reporting or evaluation of mental health program effectiveness for the majority of the ‘adjunct’ services currently offered within Australia. Currently there are over 3,000 not-for-profit organisations that list veterans as beneficiaries but it is reported that services are not meeting the needs of Australian veterans or their families.

Aims:

The aim of this multi-faceted PhD project is to produce evidence that can influence practice and policy and lead to service provision that is embedded in evidence to more effectively meet the complex needs of this cohort.

Methods:

Systematic review of current evidence for veteran mental health services in Australia. Discrete choice experiment to assess the service preferences of veterans and their families. Qualitative interviews with veterans, family members, and service providers, followed by the creation of a hypothetical service market, where veterans and their families will have the opportunity to weigh services against one another and provide feedback.

Timelines:

Project will be on hold from March 2017 to March 2018

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