Supporting Australia's new veterans

Gill, Gerard F., Bain, Roderick, and Seidl, Isaac (2016) Supporting Australia's new veterans. Australian Family Physician, 45 (3). pp. 102-106.

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Background: The recent period of instability and conflict in parts of the world has exposed a new generation of Australian service members to conflict and its associated traumas.

Objective: The aim of this article is to assist general practitioners (GPs) in engaging with younger veterans who have served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) since 1990 and acquired health problems as a result of this service. It provides abbreviated advice on the resources available from the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA), particularly for mental health problems, and how to efficiently access DVA-funded services for newer veterans.

Discussion: Early detection of and attention to health problems (especially mental ill health) arising from military service, particularly from conflict or peacekeeping missions, has been found to improve veterans' health, their functioning and family happiness. GPs are ideally situated to arrange and coordinate this care.

Item ID: 44021
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0300-8495
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Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2016 07:36
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 81 DEFENCE > 810109 Personnel @ 50%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 50%
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