Bob "Gibbo" Gibson
Duty First ( D&E Platoon Rifleman - Vietnam)
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List.
WORLD-FIRST STUDY TO
EXAMINE HEALTH OF CHILDREN OF
Government will undertake world-first research into the impact of war service on
the health and welfare of the children of
Announcing a $13.5 million research program, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Bruce Billson, said the Vietnam Veteran Family Study provides an innovative, integrated and holistic approach to the health of veterans’ families.
“The Vietnam Veteran Family Study will study the health and welfare of around 200,000 parents and children participants to identify protective factors and those characteristics which help build resilience in families of veterans.
ranging study will also provide us with an insight into the health of children
“The Vietnam Veteran Family Study will be undertaken in a tiered approach, involving qualitative and quantitative research over an eight year period, with some initial results available as early as 2009.”
said that yet again
well-established legacy of
“Today the Australian Defence Force has an active Defence Community Organisation which provides a range of support programs for families, before, during and after deployment. To support this work, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs will also commence a study to monitor the health of families of more recently deployed veterans.
“The research program will provide useful information to inform government of the effectiveness of current programs and areas for further policy development.”
Government currently provides around $10 million a year for a range of services
to children of
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Editors note: Fact Sheet follows.
What will the study examine?
will examine the physical, mental, and social health of the families of
How many people will be studied?
The study will
survey up to 200,000 people, including
How will the study be implemented?
The study will use a tiered approach to enable individual study components to be completed at different stages. The first qualitative component of the study will be able to commence in the near future with results expected during 2009.
The first step prior to any additional data collection for the health study will be to compile a study roll and contact details of the participants. This process will be commencing shortly and will enable additional study components to commence during 2010.
The tiered approach enables research to be conducted in manageable and achievable stages and results will be progressively available for dissemination.
How long till results are available?
The first results will be available during 2009 with results on other elements of study to be completed by 2016.
Who will undertake the study?
The Department will contract appropriately qualified and experienced research organisations to undertake the qualitative and quantitative studies.
No. In line
with sound scientific research approaches, the Department will develop a study
roll from a randomized sample of