Serving in the Australian Defence Forces impacts not only upon the serving member but also their immediate family. This webinar will focus on issues associated with this service.

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Military Families: the impact of defence force services upon partners and children

Military service has both positive and negative impacts upon the individual serving and their family.  The mental health impacts upon serving and ex-serving members are relatively well-known; however less attention has been focussed upon the effect this may have upon the partners and children of the serving member/veteran. 

This webinar will examine the impact of military service upon families in more detail, with an overview of the specific negative effects identified and an outline of treatment interventions and resources. 

The panel will include a mental health adviser from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs who is also a practising clinical psychologist, a counsellor working with Open Arms (the former VVCS), a GP with experience treating military personnel and their families, and a veteran’s partner with lived experience.

The webinar series

The webinar series examines some of the online mental health treatment programs that GPs need to know about, focusing on evidence-based programs that have been developed in Australia. The evidence around the efficacy and usefulness of different programs will be discussed along with practical aspects of using the programs.

Summary:

  • e-Mental Health programs are a useful adjunct to mental health treatment in primary care
  • there is good evidence that patient outcomes improve with the use of e-Mental Health programs
  • a variety of locally-developed e-Mental Health programs are available
  • GPs need to be familiar with the programs their patients are using and be able to recommend the use of these programs appropriately.

Audience

GPs and GP registrars, psychologists and allied mental health practitioners, in fact any health professional with an interest in improving outcomes for patients with mental health conditions.

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