The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has moved from a strategy of ‘illness’ to one of ‘wellness’. Is it putting messaging ahead of the mental health of veterans?
This is part three in a series. Read parts one and two here.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) recently killed off an independent research project to find new and more effective ways to treat soldiers and veterans suffering PTSD and other mental health conditions despite data showing Australian vets are suffering alarming rates of psychological illness.
The closure of the Centenary of Anzac Centre in Melbourne on June 30 reneged on a 2016 coalition election commitment touted as one of the most “significant investments” into the research of military-related PTSD in Australia.