List of interviewees

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Members of Parliament

  1. Gai Brodtmann MP ALP Canberra ACT
  2. Warren Entsch MP LP Leichhardt QLD
  3. Hon David Feeney MP ALP Batman VIC
  4. Ewen Jones MP LP Herbert QLD
  5. Melissa Parke MP ALP Freemantle WA
  6. Hon Stuart Robert MP LP Fadden QLD
  7. Luke Simpkins MP LP Cowan WA
  8. Andrew Wilkie MP Independent Denison TAS


  1. Senator Chris Back LP WA
  2. Senator David Fawcett LP SA
  3. Senator Jacqui Lambie IND TAS
  4. Senator David Leyonhjelm LDP NSW
  5. Senator Barry O’Sullivan NP QLD
  6. Senator Linda Reynolds LP WA
  7. Senator Peter Whish-Wilson GRN TAS
  8. Senator John Williams NP NSW

Australian Defence Force/Department of Defence

  1. Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, Chief of the Defence Force
  2. Brigadier Mark Brewer, Director General Training
  3. Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, Chief of the Army
  4. Cathy Davis, Director National Operations Defence Community Organisation
  5. Wing Commander Joanna Elkington, Defence Advisor to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT)
  6. Major General PW (Gus) Gilmore, Commander Forces Command
  7. Lieutenant Colonel James Kidd, Army Officer
  8. Lieutenant Colonel Ian Langford, Army Officer
  9. Major General Fergus (Gus) McLachlan, Head of Modernisation and Strategic Planning—Army
  10. Dennis Richardson, Secretary of Defence
  11. Colonel Nicole Sadler, Director Strategic and Operational Mental Health/Head of Corps Australian Army Psychology Corps
  12. Major General Jeffrey Sengelman, Special Operations Commander Australia (SOCAUST)
  13. Colonel Craig Shortt, Chief of Staff to the Vice Chief of the Defence Force
  14. Rear Admiral Robyn Walker, Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General Australian Defence Force

Department of Veterans’ Affairs

  1. Veronica Hancock, Assistant Secretary Mental & Social Health Branch
  2. Dr Stephanie Hodson, Mental Health Advisor
  3. Major General Mark Kelly, Commissioner
  4. Dr Graeme Killer, Principal Medical Adviser
  5. Simon Lewis, Secretary DVA
  6. Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial
  7. Craig Orme, Deputy President
  8. David Roberts, advisor to Minister Michael Ronaldson

Medical profession

  1. Professor David Dunt, Founding Director Centre for Health Policy Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne
  2. Dr Andrew Khoo, Consultant Psychiatrist and Director Group Therapy Programs, Toowong Private Hospital
  3. Professor Alexander ‘Sandy’ McFarlane, Director of the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies, The University of Adelaide
  4. Dr Dan Pronk, Regimental Medical Officer (Retd)

Allied health professionals

  1. Paula Dabovich, The University of Adelaide
  2. Professor David Forbes, Director Phoenix Australia Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne
  3. Kerry Howard, Principal Psychologist, Mindfully Well
  4. Major Clint Marlborough, Army Psychologist, 2nd Commando Regiment (Retd)

Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs)

  1. John Bale, CEO Soldier On
  2. Alan Behm, CEO FearLess
  3. Michael Dowsett, Defence Force Welfare Association
  4. David Everitt, President of the Board RSL Care SA
  5. Bob Johnston, Federal Secretary of the Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Service Men and Women
  6. Lieutenant General Peter Leahy, Chief of Army (Retd), Chairman Soldier On, Director of the National Security Institute, University of Canberra
  7. Paul Patti, veterans advocate
  8. Tony Ralph, President Legacy Brisbane


  1. Jon ‘Irish’ Hawkins, Army Officer (Retd)
  2. Shaun Hughes, PTE Army (Retd)
  3. Darren (pseudonym)
  4. Samuel (pseudonym)
  5. Troy Simmonds, SGT SASR (Retd)

Veteran case studies—pseudonyms (Appendix A)

  1. Samuel
  2. John
  3. Sara
  4. Charlie
  5. Harry
  6. David
  7. Bill
  8. Marcus
  9. Denise
  10. Garry
  11. Susan
  12. Walter

Other eminent persons

  1. Adjunct Associate Professor James Brown, Army Officer (Retd), United States Studies Centre, The University of Sydney
  2. Professor Tom Frame, Director, Australian Centre for the Study of Armed Conflict and Society (ACSACS)
  3. Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston (Retd)
  4. Chris Masters, journalist and author
  5. Frank Quinlan, CEO Mental Health Australia