Veteran Health Resilience Index: An Accessible Evidence Based Articulation of Resilience

Authors: Verity Anne Greenwood*, Macquarie University
Topics: Medical and Health Geography, Military Geography, Australia and New Zealand
Keywords: Health geography,health resilience index,veteran,military
Session Type: Paper
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Numerous reports in recent years have outlined the challenges facing younger veterans and their families. The fractured nature of Ex Service Organizations (ESOs) and rates of suicide within the military and Veterans community are just two examples. This paper introduces a research project to design a Veteran Health Resilience Index (VHRI) that is an accessible, evidence-based articulation of resilience that will ultimately provide a robust basis for measuring veteran personnel health resilience and wellbeing, during transition from military and in civilian transition. The VHRI is being designed to take significant steps to identify those at risk and to also inform service delivery to transitioning military and veteran communities. This will allow for prevention initiatives and streamlining of reactive support services. The VHRI will be a summary measure of key dimensions of health resilience and this information will be displayed by a data visualisation tool. This software can be used to focus appropriate interventions to assist at risk individuals (reduce numbers of veterans in crisis) and identify support organisations in the Veterans area, or identify the number of like services (gaps/overlaps). This research is a collaboration between researchers at an academic institution and a leading veteran organization that provides holistic support to transitioning military and veteran communities. The ensuing research, which includes the development of an Integrated Health Resilience Framework, Health Resilience Index and data visualization software, will ensure that the quantitative and qualitative data collected, and systems developed, will be sustainable and unique for the military and veteran communities.

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