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From: Parliamentary Librarian (DPS)
Sent: Tuesday, 23 June 2015 4:28 PM
Subject: Mental health of military personnel


Dear _______

As you may be aware, this year’s Australian Parliamentary Fellow, Dr Edward Scarr, is researching the topic of The 44th Parliament and the mental health of military personnel and veterans: Attitudes, beliefs, intentions. This represents an issue in national politics that is of considerable significance and interest to the Parliament and the broader community.

I am writing to ask if you would consider sparing some time to meet with Dr Scarr to discuss his research. He is particularly interested in interviewing you, as you have either served in the military yourself and/or have addressed the Parliament on this topic. Dr Scarr would be grateful for an opportunity to explore your exposure to the issue of veterans’ mental health in your role as a parliamentarian. Your perspective would be very useful and should only take 15–20 minutes. Dr Scarr would be happy to talk to you on the phone if this was more convenient than a face to face meeting.

Information obtained via interview may be published by the Parliamentary Library as a component of the 2015 Australian Parliamentary Fellow monograph. Interviews will not be recorded and all responses are confidential, non-attributable and will only be presented as aggregated data.

Dr Scarr will be in contact with your office shortly. However, should you have any questions about the project, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely


Dr Dianne Heriot Parliamentary Librarian
Parliamentary Library
Department of Parliamentary Services