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Reintegration and Reablement: Increasing Local Connection and Access for the Tasmanian Veteran Community


Stirling, C and D'Alessandro, S and Tocock, M and Neil, A and Cleary, M and Bridgman, H and Mond, J and Andrews, S and Greenwood, M and Norris, K, Reintegration and Reablement: Increasing Local Connection and Access for the Tasmanian Veteran Community, Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs, Australia, pp. 1-21. (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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This study was undertaken to better understand the feasibility of establishing wellbeing support services in Tasmania under the Veteran Wellbeing Centres Program, and any possible overlap in service gaps with first responders. Consultation with Tasmanian veterans (or ex-members of the ADF), their families, first responders and service providers, along with the analysis of information relevant to the Tasmanian veteran population, were used to develop the recommendations contained within this report.

The DVA Wellbeing Model [1] framed the study which is based on seven key components: recognition and respect, health, education and skills, housing, social support and connection, employment, and income and finance.

Tasmanian veterans want better access to culturally safe transition and health services (with physical health services, pain management, and mental health needs prominent). Results highlighted access difficulties (including distance to services, hours of service, and wait times) and other barriers to service use (knowledge, financial, cultural, and a desire for ‘veteran friendly services’). The greatest overlap with first responders’ needs likely occurs around high intensity/acute mental health needs.

These results closely match those service gaps reported in many other Australian studies. The key difference found is that because of Tasmania’s dispersed population, services need to be local (where practical).

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:veterans, first responders, Tasmania, well-being centres
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Marketing
Research Field:Social marketing
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Evaluation of health and support services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stirling, C (Professor Christine Stirling)
UTAS Author:D'Alessandro, S (Professor Steven D'Alessandro)
UTAS Author:Tocock, M (Dr Mark Tocock)
UTAS Author:Neil, A (Associate Professor Amanda Neil)
UTAS Author:Cleary, M (Professor Michelle Cleary)
UTAS Author:Bridgman, H (Dr Heather Bridgman)
UTAS Author:Mond, J (Dr Jon Mond)
UTAS Author:Andrews, S (Dr Sharon Andrews)
UTAS Author:Greenwood, M (Associate Professor Melanie Greenwood)
UTAS Author:Norris, K (Professor Kimberley Norris)
ID Code:148873
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Marketing
Deposited On:2022-02-17
Last Modified:2022-02-17
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