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Military and Emergency Services Health Australia is a not-for-profit collaborative research institute dedicated to delivering high quality research and programs to positively impact the mental health and wellbeing of our current and former military and emergency service personnel and their families.

Our Research

Promoting positive mental health in early career emergency services volunteers

Year Commenced April 2020

Accumulative stress response in female emergency service first responders

Year Commenced February 2018

After the Fires: Supporting the Ongoing Wellbeing and Resilience of Australia’s First Responders Following the 2019-20 Bushfires

Year Commenced June 2020

An evaluation of the use of service dogs as a treatment adjunct for PTSD

Year Commenced 2016

Art therapy for Defence and Emergency Service with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS)

Year Commenced February 2018

Rebuilding After the Summer Bushfires

Shane Leahy, a senior CFS volunteer, opens up about that harrowing night where he lost almost everything.

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New program provides pathways for successful veteran employment

MESHA and three other South Australian-based defence are partnering with BAE Systems Australia on a new partnership to boost veteran employment.

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How art helped change Sean’s life

Two years ago, Sean Halfpenny gave art therapy a go after he decided he needed to prioritise his mental health. Now the Australian Army veteran says it has changed his life.

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Study shows impact of parental PTSD on service children

A study conducted by MESHA Associate Director Karen May became the first in the world to examine the experiences of children aged nine to 17 living with a military or first responder parent with PTSD.

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After the Fires

Study reveals mental health impact on bushfire responders

The urgent need for better mental health resources for first responders has been highlighted in a landmark study into the impacts of the 2019/20 ‘Black Summer’ bushfires.

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