Formal Defence study into psychological support for partners and families of ADF members

Fiona Brandis-Dalton made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Defence

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From: Fiona Brandis-Dalton

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Dear Department of Defence,

If possible, please treat this as an administrative or informal request. Otherwise, please consider this a request under the Freedom of Information Act (1982).

Can you please provide the following document:

- The study conducted by Defence per Recommendation 9 of the 2013 Parliamentary Report ‘Care of ADF Personnel Wounded and Injured on Operations Inquiry of the Defence Sub-Committee’.

Recommendation 9- The Committee recommends that the departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs undertake a study into psychological support of partners and families of Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and ex-ADF members. The Committee further recommends that the study be xxi conducted with the objective of developing recommendations to overcome partners’ and families’ mental health issues that may be highlighted by the study.

I ask for any associated fees to be waived for this request on public interest grounds.

Yours faithfully,

Fiona Brandis-Dalton

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Governance and Reform Division
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From: Hanna, Nicole MS
Department of Defence

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Good morning Ms Brandis-Dalton

Thank you for your email. To enable our office to assist you with your request the FOI Directorate sought advice from Joint Health Command for access to:

" The study conducted by Defence per Recommendation 9 of the 2013 Parliamentary Report ‘Care of ADF Personnel Wounded and Injured on Operations Inquiry of the Defence Sub-Committee."

No documents were identified as matching the scope of your request. Joint Health Command has advised that Recommendation 9 was only ‘agreed in principle’ in the Government response and a specific study was not agreed or completed.

At this time the departments of Defence and Veterans' Affairs are working collaboratively on a strategic framework to facilitate and prioritise research programs, with families as one of the initial four research domains for the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA).

However the recommendation of a specific study into the psychological support of partners and families of ADF members and ex-ADF members is not [was not] supported.

The departments of Defence and Veterans' Affairs have numerous programs and services in support of partners and families of ADF and ex-ADF members that have been developed from existing available research and evidence base in recognition of their psychological and social needs.

Separate from any claim for compensation, treatment for all mental health conditions is now free for anyone who has served just one day in the full-time Australian Defence Force through the Non-Liability Health Care. Applying for treatment can be achieved by phoning the Department of Veterans’ Affairs on 133 254 (metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers), or emailing [email address]. Alternatively, applications can be made using the paper or online forms that are available on the Department’s website. Further information about free mental health treatment is available at www.dva.gov.au/nlhc.

The Government and Defence see suicide prevention amongst serving and former serving ADF members as a priority. The Australian Defence Force has operated a suicide prevention program since 2002. Since 2009 Defence has invested approximately $252 Million (as at 01 June 17) to provide a range of education and awareness programs (including suicide prevention), access to mental health treatment and rehabilitation programs including referral Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service and the All Hours Support Line for all Defence members.

If our office can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information
Governance and Reform Division
Department of Defence
CP1-6-008 | PO Box 7910 | Campbell Park CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
E-mail: [email address]
Phone: 02 6266 2200
http://www.defence.gov.au/FOI/privacy.asp

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