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Service Families Research Consortia

Family members of military and first responder personnel play a fundamental role in supporting the health and well-being of the service member both during service, transition to civilian life and beyond.

Service Families Research Network

Family members of Australian military members and emergency service personnel play a fundamental role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the service member both during service and through-out transition to civilian life. The level of support that can be provided by a family member however is largely dependent on a multitude of factors including the family member’s own health and wellbeing, their attitudes towards and experiences of service life to date, and the strength of the relationship between the service member and the family member.

This is largely dependent on the life stage the families are at as well as the structure of the family. While research into the wellbeing and role of families in supporting the health of the service members is slowly accumulating, there is currently no consolidation of these research efforts among the Australian (or in fact International) academic community.   This makes it very difficult to utilise this research to its full potential and to provide strong evidence based recommendations to inform policy and service delivery. The Australian Veteran and Emergency First Responder Family Research network is a national consortium established to create a platform for cooperation between Australian researchers that facilitates high-quality studies on families of current and ex-serving military personnel and first responders.

It comprises a dynamic network of likeminded researchers across the globe who have a passion for bettering the lives of our military members and emergency service personnel and their families through the conduct of robust scientific research.

Australian Members:

  • Dr Galina Daraganova – Executive Manager, Longitudinal and Lifecourse studies, Australian Institute of Family Studies)
  • Professor Gaynor Parfitt – University of South Australia
  • Dr Louise Roberts – Flinders University
  • Dr Elaine Waddell – Flinders University
  • Dr Dannielle Post – University of South Australia and Advisor to Council for Defence Women and Families
  • Dr Sean Cowlishaw – Senior Research Fellow, Phoenix Australia
  • Professor Sharon Lawn – Flinders University, SA Mental health Commissioner
  • Miriam Dwyer – Chief Executive Officer, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
  • Dr Madeline Romaniuk – Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
  • Dr Angela Maguire – Principal Research Fellow & Clinical Psychologist, Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation
  • Breeanna Till – Community and Peer Advisor (National Operations), Open Arms
  • Gwen Cherne – Advisor and Advocate for Veterans, Widows, Families and Mental health
  • Chris Burns – President, Legacy SA / NT.

International Partners:

  • Professor Nicola Fear -Kings College London
  • Tish Stropes – Fisher House Foundation
  • Professor Heidi Cramm – Canadian Institute for Military and Veterans Health Research
  • Professor Cherie Armour – Queen’s University, Belfast, Chair of UK Society for Trauma and Stress Studies and on the Board of European Society for Trauma and Stress Studies

Other Partners:

  • South Australia Local Health Networks (SALHN)
  • Jamie Larcombe Centre Clinical staff
  •  Close the Gaps Trauma network
  •  Ramsay Health
  •  Uni SA
  •  Flinders University
  • Adelaide University

Establishment and formalisation of an International Family Research network:

  • Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR)
  • King’s College
  • Gallipoli Research institution
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Cherie Armour
  • Fisher House
  • Legacy SA / NT
  • PVS SA
  • RSL Care SA
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