Timor-Leste Family Study
CAMVH conducted the first Australian study on the effect of recent deployments on the health and wellbeing of current and former, regular and reserve ADF families. The study was commissioned by the Department of Veterans' Affairs to investigate the physical, mental, and family health impacts of deployment to Timor-Leste on families. More than 4000 Defence personnel and their partners participated in the research.
The study found no statistically significant differences in physical, mental and family health between the families of members who had deployed to Timor-Leste and families of members who had not. Further, the findings indicated that the partners’ physical and mental health was not affected by the number of deployments they had experienced. However, partners were more likely to respond that military commitments negatively affected their children if they had experienced three or more deployments.
The study report was launched by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Warren Snowdon, on Thursday 20 September 2012 at Parliament House, Canberra and can be accessed on the Department's website here. A summary of findings that was sent to the study participants can be viewed here.