In 2017 the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) established a strategic partnership to implement the Veterans’ Health and Welfare: whole-of-population approach program of work (the Work Program).
The overarching aim of the partnership is to develop a comprehensive profile of the health and welfare of Australia’s veteran population. It continues to take a coordinated, whole of-population approach to monitoring and reporting on health and welfare outcomes of veterans and their families, in support of and to inform DVA’s strategic, research, data and policy needs.
The work program rests on the foundational pillars of:
The work program is designed around four broad themes that aim to better understand the health and welfare of Australia’s veterans:
As part of the strategic partnership between DVA and AIHW, the Veteran-centred model was developed in 2018 and supports the person-centred approach to understanding the experiences and outcomes of Australian’s veterans and their families.
The Veteran-centred model (Figure 1) contains seven domains which provide a structure for organising the elements of veterans’ health and welfare and allows for exploration of the interactions between domains, the influence of individual and societal factors, and identification of those in greater need of health and welfare services.
The veteran, at the centre of the model, has certain personal and service characteristics.
The inner grey ring in Figure 1 illustrates four broad stages of the veteran lifecycle, which follows the journey of entry and training upon commencement, serving, transition to civilian life, and life as an ex-serving ADF member. Veterans needs and the relative importance of each of the domains will change as the veteran progresses through each of these stages.
By comparison, the outer grey ring depicts external factors, which include:
The AIHW and DVA have used this model to inform the veterans analysis work program.
More information on the veteran-centred model is available from the Development of a veteran-centred model: a working paper.
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