Terms of Reference

The mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel who have returned from combat, peacekeeping or other deployment, with particular reference to:

  1. the extent and significance of mental ill-health and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among returned service personnel;
  2. identification and disclosure policies of the ADF in relation to mental ill-health and PTSD;
  3. recordkeeping for mental ill-health and PTSD, including hospitalisations and deaths;
  4. mental health evaluation and counselling services available to returned service personnel;
  5. the adequacy of mental health support services, including housing support services, provided by the Department of Veterans‘ Affairs (DVA);
  6. the support available for partners, carers and families of returned service personnel who experience mental ill-health and PTSD;
  7. the growing number of returned service personnel experiencing homelessness due to mental ill-health, PTSD and other issues related to their service;
  8. the effectiveness of the Memorandum of Understanding between the ADF and DVA for the Cooperative Delivery of Care;
  9. the effectiveness of training and education offerings to returned service personnel upon their discharge from the ADF; and
  10. any other related matters.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3535