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The effect of participation in the Invictus games program on returned service personnel.

A research study evaluating the impacts of participating in the Invictus Games Pathways Program (IPP) on the health and wellbeing of Australian military personnel and veterans.

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It is estimated that over 290,000 Australians have served in the Australian Defence Force since 1990 (Soldier On, 2018), many of whom will be physically or psychologically affected by their military engagement.

One of the rehabilitation tools used to improve recovery and well-being of military personnel is sport and exercise. In 2017, University of South Australia and The Road Home (Now MESHA) launched a new training program as a part of The Road Home Wellbeing Program, the Invictus Pathways Program (IPP), which provides ongoing allied health services (e.g. physiotherapy, podiatry, exercise physiology) to recovering military personnel and veterans. This program of research aims to evaluate the Invictus Games Pathways Program (IPP)and understand the effects of participation in IPP on returned service personnel.

  • Team/Investigators

    Suzana Freegard (University of South Australia), Professor Gaynor Parfitt (University of South Australia), Associate Professor Steve Milanese (University of South Australia), Dr Amy Baker (University of South Australia)

  • Funding Body

    Military and Emergency Services Health Australia (Under the former brand – The Road Home)

  • Year Commenced

    November 2017

  • Expected Completion Date

    December 2021

  • Contribution

    Funder (MESHA), Industry Partner (Karen May)

  • MeSH Terms

    trauma, mental health, PTSD, emergency service, first responder, veteran, military, sport, exercise, well-being, intervention

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