Veteran and Military Mental Health

  • Group Leader Professor David Forbes

    dforbes@unimelb.edu.au

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  • Project Details

    Military service is associated with a unique set of experiences that have implications for mental health. These experiences include operational deployment to conflict zones, peacekeeping deployments and humanitarian missions following disaster. This body of research is conducted as a series of competitively funded and commissioned projects and in collaboration with the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defence. It examines four key themes:

    1. Common mental health outcomes following these experiences, including an examination of the clinical phenomenology of these mental health sequelae, and how these may differ from those following non military trauma
    2. Organisational, environmental and individual risk and resilience factors that influence mental health outcomes following military experiences
    3. Pathways to care for military veterans and uptake and engagement with clinical services.
    4. Interventions and service models for delivery of care to veterans with military related mental health problems.

    Researchers

    Collaborators

    • Professor Sandy McFarlane and Dr Miranda van Hooff, Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies (University of Adelaide)
    • Professor Richard Bryant Centre for Traumatic Stress (UNSW)
    • Professor Malcolm Battersby Flinders University
    • Professor Virginia Lewis La Trobe University
    • Dr Monique Crane Macquarie University
    • Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Department of Defence
    • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service

    Funding

    Forbes, D., O’Donnell, ML., Bryant, R., Hodson, S., Morton, D., Battersby, M., Forbes, A., (2016). Optimising mental health and quality of life for Australia’s military personnel and veterans with PTSD. NHMRC Partnership Project Grant in collaboration with DVA and Defence.

    Forbes, D.,  Couineau, A-L.,  Lloyd, D., Wade, D., Nixon, R., 2015-2016 Sustainability of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) treatment for PTSD in VVCS.  Department of Veterans’ Affairs Strategic Research Fund,

    Forbes, D., O’Donnell, ML., Lewis, V., Crane, M., Dell, L., Department of Defence - Longitudinal Study of Reslience. (2014).  Australian Department of Defence

    Forbes, D., Varker, T. & O’Donnell, M. (2014) Development, Delivery & Evaluation of Anger, Aggression and PTSD Clinical Intervention and Training to Selected Defence Mental Health Professionals. Department of Defence

    O’Donnell, ML., Dell, L., Fletcher, S., Couineau, AL., Forbes, D. (2014). The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Screening Continuum Framework: Department of Defence: Canberra.

    Wade, D., Fletcher, S., Howard, A., Forbes, D. (2013). Gender differences in mental health among serving and ex-serving military personnel: A review of the literature. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    Wade, D., Varker, T., Kartal, D., Hetrick, S., Forbes, D. (2013) Systematic review and meta-analysis of gender differences in outcomes following trauma-focussed Interventions for posttraumatic stress disorder. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

    Research Outcomes

    Forbes, D., O’Donnell, M.L., Brand, R, M., Korn, S., Creamer, M., McFarlane, A.C., Sim, M.R., Forbes, A.B. & Hawthorne, G. (2016). The Long Term Mental Health Impact of Peacekeeping: Prevalence and Predictors of Psychiatric Disorder. British Journal of Psychiatry Open,2, 32-37 doi: 10.1192/bjpo.bp.115.001321.

    Lloyd, D., Couineau, A.L., Hawkins, K., Kartal, D., Nixon, R., Perry, D. & Forbes, D. (2015)   Preliminary Outcomes of Implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Across a National Veterans’ Treatment Service. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

    Varker, T., Forbes, D., Dell, L., Weston, A., Merlin, T., Hodson, S., O’Donnell, M.L (2015). Rapid evidence assessment: Increasing the transparency of an emerging methodology. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice

    McFarlane, A. C., & Forbes, D. (2015)   What has been learned about the psychological injuries of war in a century?  The journey from moral inferiority to PTSD   Medical Journal of Australia 202(7)  doi: 10.5694/mja15.00201

    Lloyd, D., Nixon, R., Varker, T., Elliott, P., Perry, D., Bryant, R.A., Creamer, M. & Forbes, D. (2014). Comorbidity in the prediction of Cognitive Processing Therapy treatment outcomes for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 237-240.

    Forbes, D., Alkemade, N., Hopcraft, D., Hawthorne, G., O’Halloran, P., Elhai, J.D., McHugh, A.F., Novaco, R.W., Bryant, R.A. & Lewis, V. (2014) Evaluation of the Dimensions of Anger Reactions - 5 (DAR-5) Scale in combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 830-835.

    Forbes, D. & Bryant, R.A. (2013). When the violence of war comes home. The Lancet, 381: 883-884.

    Forbes, D., Lloyd, D., Nixon, R., Elliott, P., Varker, T., Perry, D., Bryant, R.A. & Creamer, M. (2012). Multisite randomized controlled trial of cognitive processing therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder in a naturalistic setting. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26, 442-452.

    Research Group

    Trauma Research Group



    Faculty Research Themes

    Neuroscience

    School Research Themes

    Neuroscience & Psychiatry



    Key Contact

    For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

    Department / Centre

    Psychiatry

    Unit / Centre

    Trauma Research Group


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