Wallace, D and Meurk, C and McKay, D and Khoo, A and Lane, J and Heffernan, E, Keeping military in mind: The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists' Military and Veterans' Mental Health Network, Australasian psychiatry : bulletin of Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, 28, (3) pp. 274-278. ISSN 1440-1665 (2020) [Refereed Article]
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Objective:The objective of this study is to introduce The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Military and Veterans' Mental Health Network (The Network) and profile its inaugural members.
Methods:We implemented an online survey of demographic, professional and practice characteristics of network members; self-rated knowledge of military and veterans' mental health; reasons for joining The Network; and suggestions as to how The Network could best support members' needs. Quantitative survey responses were analysed descriptively. Qualitative responses were analysed thematically.
Results:Thirty-two out of 60 network members returned the survey. The membership was predominately male and 50 years of age or older. One-half had completed their fellowship or specialty 20 or more years ago. A high level of self-rated knowledge with respect to the assessment and management of current and ex-serving military personnel was reported. Knowledge of the assessment and management of current and ex-serving emergency services personnel was lower.
Conclusion:There are RANZCP members with an active interest, expertise and knowledge in the field of military, veterans' and emergency services personnel mental health; this affirms the significant role the RANZCP can play in this area. There is a need to expand, diversify and ensure sustainability of the workforce.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Keywords:||military, veteran, mental health|
|Research Division:||Health Sciences|
|Research Group:||Health services and systems|
|Research Field:||Mental health services|
|UTAS Author:||Lane, J (Dr Jon Lane)|
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