Examines findings that have emerged from research undertaken with participants from three veteran cohorts to highlight mental health issues that should be considered in general practice.
To ensure the early identification and effective treatment of mental health disorders in the veteran population, general practitioners (GPs) need to be aware that the traditional profile of an Australian veteran has changed, and that more than combat service can give rise to mental health issues.
This article uses findings that have emerged from research undertaken with participants from three veteran cohorts to highlight mental health issues that should be considered in general practice.
GPs have a key role to play in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues among the veteran population for several reasons. First, mental health issues may emerge at any point during a veteran’s lifespan and among any veteran cohort. Second, mental health issues may have a significant trans-generational impact on a veteran’s family. Third, GPs are uniquely positioned to break down barriers to help-seeking, such as stigma. Importantly, there is a comprehensive system of support available to assist GPs in providing effective and culturally appropriate care for veterans.