For many former members of the ADF, issues may start to arise as soon as they begin the transition process back to civilian life. There can be a range of practical matters to address with reintegration such as finding work, living arrangements, navigating healthcare and building new relationships. Add to that a huge dose of ‘culture shock’ at being thrust into the civilian system, which can feel completely at odds with military life, and it is little wonder so many veterans are struggling with the reintegration process.
With the support of RSL Queensland, the Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation (GMRF) is committed to enhancing the health and wellbeing of our veterans and their families. In what has been one of the largest qualitative studies on transition globally, our Veteran Mental Health Initiative is conducting research into the cultural and psychological impact of reintegration.
We have launched the second stage of our latest study investigating transition out of military service. The purpose of the study is to trial a questionnaire that will help assess reintegration and psychological adjustment to civilian life.
We are seeking former members of the ADF to complete an online survey about reintegration and mental health. The survey will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. To be eligible for participation, you are required to have served in the regular ADF and to have discharged between 2000-2018. We are also unable to recruit those who are currently hospitalised for a psychological condition at this time. There will be no cost or reimbursement associated with participation.