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This Review will examine the self-harm and suicide prevention services available to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force, the ADF, to assess their accessibility and effectiveness.

The primary focus of the Review will be on examining the data and evidence about the services and programs provided by the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans' Affairs, the DVA.

It is also acknowledged that many ex-service organisations provide a wide range of services to current and former serving members and their families. The Review will also give consideration to these services, particularly in the context of any gaps identified in the services provided by Defence and DVA.

The Review will consider in relation to self-harm and suicide prevention:

  • The range of services available to current and former serving members and their families
  • The effectiveness of these services in supporting members and their families while they serve, as they transition from Defence to civilian life, and later in their civilian life
  • Any duplication or gaps in current services and how they might be addressed
  • Any barriers to current and former serving members accessing services, taking into account cultural relevance, availability of providers, employment, functional capacity and degree of ill health
  • The extent to which current and former serving members utilise services provided by other parts of government, ex-service organisations, the private sector or non-government organisations
  • The reporting of and incidence of suicide amongst serving and former serving ADF members compared to the broader Australian community.


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