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Australian military and veteran's mental health care part 1: an introduction to cultural essentials for clinicians

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Lane, J and Wallace, D, Australian military and veteran's mental health care part 1: an introduction to cultural essentials for clinicians, Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 28, (3) pp. 267-269. ISSN 1440-1665 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2020 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

DOI: doi:10.1177/1039856220901470

Abstract

Objective:This article aims to define the cultural specificity of Australian military and veterans, and introduce some of the essential clinician knowledge, skills and attitudes required for effective cultural competence in the management of mental health (MH) conditions in this population.

Conclusion:Military culture has the defining characteristics of the military as an organisation with a formal structure, as a cultural group governed by norms and shared values, and as a social group that provides people with identities. Key requirements for cultural competence introduced here are basic knowledge of the military structure, norms and identity; clinical skills including basic assessment and awareness of the commonly occurring MH disorders; and an exploration of attitudes of both the clinician and the military or veteran patient. Further research is needed, particularly in terms of assessing clinician's cultural competence.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:military, veteran, mental health
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Mental health services
UTAS Author:Lane, J (Dr Jon Lane)
ID Code:153630
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-09-28
Last Modified:2022-11-01
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