Impact of transition from military to civilian life on families

The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme
Wednesday 25 July, 1500 – 1520

Presenters

Diana Smart
Australian Institute of Family Studies

Loretta Poerio
Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Abstract
One of the goals of the Programme is to enhance the evidence base that informs policy and support services for ADF families, in both the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs. The Family Wellbeing Study, one of the three studies comprising this Programme, is investigating the psycho-social health and wellbeing of family members of current and ex-serving ADF members. Firstly, this presentation outlines the challenges in family research methodology. Secondly, the presentation describes the research methods used in this study as well as how the results, particularly in relation to support services, may be used to inform new directions toward improving outcomes for the families of current and transitioned ADF members.