Have you left the Australian Defence Force in the past five years?
We're looking for ex-serving ADF personnel to participate in pioneering research on transition to civilian life.
We are interested in learning about ex-serving ADF personnel's transition experiences to civilian life in order to inform improvements to the transition process for service men and women in the future.
The purpose of this study is to understand the role of social groups and identity in supporting wellbeing following a person's transition. We hope that the findings from this study can improve the transition experience of current serving ADF members who may leave the service in the future.
The purpose of this study is to understand the role of social groups and identity in supporting wellbeing The study will consist of interviews with 80 ex-serving ADF members who have recently exited the ADF. Interviews will cover a range of topics including demographics, defence history, social group membership, health and wellbeing and be conducted over the phone, with an optional face-to-face component.
Participation is confidential and anonymous.
The study is funded by the Defence Health Foundation. It will be conducted by researchers from Turning Point, Monash University and Phoenix Australia - Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, University of Melbourne.
“We know that the social groups we belong to and our support networks can impact how we cope during stressful life transitions, but little is known about how these factors shape the transition experience for our defence personnel” (Prof Dan Lubman)