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Leaving Military Service: A qualitative study into the experience of transition from active service to civilian life among Australian Defence Force members.

A mixed-methods research study examining the lived experience of recently transitioned military veterans, particularly those experiencing mental health problems.

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The primary aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of the lived experience of recently transitioned military veterans, particularly those experiencing mental health problems.

Findings from this study helped to inform and compliment the growing body of research emerging on transitioned ADF members, and provided valuable insight into the complexity of individual factors and circumstances which have the potential to enhance or inhibit one’s successful transition to civilian life.

The study comprised a two-phase, mixed methods design. This included a quantitative self-report questionnaire conducted online or in hardcopy (Phase 1) and a semi-structured qualitative interview conducted over the telephone (Phase 2), with 20 veterans who previously participated in the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme and consented to be followed up for future research.

The study recruited 53 transitioned ADF members who, 1) participated in the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme, 2) consented to linkage of their data with other health registries, 3) consented to being approached for further studies, and 4) were identified as having probable disorder in 2015. Of the 53 survey respondents, 20 also completed the qualitative interview.

For further information please contact Craig Hansen: [email protected]

  • Team/Investigators

    Associate Professor Miranda Van Hooff (Military and Emergency Services and Health Australia (MESHA)), Dr Ellie Lawrence-Wood (Phoenix Australia), Dr Craig Hansen (Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA)), Marie Iannos (Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (MESHA))

  • Funding Body

    The Hospital Research Foundation - The Road Home -The Colonel (Ret’d) Susan Neuhaus CSC Fellowship

  • Year Commenced

    July 2018

  • Expected Completion Date

    December 2020

  • Contribution

    Investigator (Associate Professor Miranda Van Hooff, Dr Craig Hansen, Marie Iannos) The Road Home (Funder)

  • MeSH Terms

    veteran, ADF, military, transition, medical discharge, employment, help-seeking, support, PTSD, psychological distress, anger, depression

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