Mental health service use: comparing people who served in the military or received Veterans' Affairs benefits and the general population
Annabel McGuire, Annette Dobson, Louise Mewton, Tracey Varker, David Forbes, Darryl Wade
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2015
OBJECTIVES: To compare the lifetime prevalence of affective, anxiety and substance use disorders and the use of mental health services between people who had served in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) or received Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) benefits and the general population. METHOD: The 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing obtained data from a nationally representative household survey of 8,841 respondents. RESULTS: Fewer than 20% of men who had served in the ADF reported receiving benefits from DVA. ADF men were older and more likely to report poorer health than other men. They were 50% more likely to be diagnosed with any lifetime mental disorder, any affective..View full abstract
The Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) funded this study as part of its Applied Research Program. It played no role in study design, data analysis, or interpretation. We provided this paper to DVA before submission for publication and any errors of fact identified by the Department were corrected.