Supporting Australia's new veterans
journal contributionposted on 2016-03-01, 00:00 authored by Gerard GillGerard Gill, R Bain, I Seidl
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.
JournalAustralian family physician
Pagination102 - 106
PublisherRoyal Australian College of General
LocationEast Melbourne, Vic.
Publication classificationC2 Other contribution to refereed journal
Copyright notice2016, Australian Family Physician
Armed ConflictsAustraliaCase ManagementComprehensive Health CareContinuity of Patient CareGeneral PracticeHealth Services AccessibilityHumansMental DisordersMental Health ServicesVeteransScience & TechnologyLife Sciences & BiomedicinePrimary Health CareMedicine, General & InternalGeneral & Internal MedicinePOSTTRAUMATIC-STRESS-DISORDERPREVALENCEDEPLOYMENTSOLDIERSUPDATE