One veteran on average dies by suicide every 2 weeks. This is what a royal commission needs to look at

Deborah Morris, Ben Wadham

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Abstract

This is an important day for the veteran community. After five years of campaigning for a royal commission, parliament has backed a motion to establish one. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also signalled he would no longer oppose the move.

For at least two decades, there have been numerous inquiries into veteran suicide, institutional abuse, mental health, the transition from military to civilian life, and combat trauma — with little positive outcome.

More Australian veterans have lost their lives by suicide than have been killed on active duty since ADF personnel were first deployed to Afghanistan in 2001.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Australian Defence Force
  • Royal Commission
  • Suicide

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