Veterans' Affairs (part of the Defence Portfolio)
The role of the Chief Health Officer Mental Health Expert Advisory Group is to provide expert advice to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) on mental health matters relating to veterans, including current serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and reservists. The MHEAG will provide advice regarding: 1. A systemic approach to the treatment of PTSD in veterans, the complexity of treating multiple comorbidities and best practice treatment pathways; 2. The place of emerging therapies and treatments and their effectiveness as well as the latest evidence on psychological therapies; 3. Strategies and initiatives to improve integration and coordination of mental health services to veterans, such as treatment centres of excellence; 4. Best practice in psychiatric therapeutics including de-prescribing psychiatric medication; 5. Expert advice to support mental health policy and program development; 6. Leadership and facilitating dialogue with professional groups, colleges and consumer groups on veteran mental health issues; and 7. Advice on gaps in the mental health research area and research questions relevant to veterans to address these gaps. These functions will take into account and be consistent with the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy and National Action Plan 2020-2023.

Further information

  • Type of Body

    D. Advisory Body - Policy and Stakeholder Consultation

  • Established By / Under

    Principal Body / Management Board / Senior Executive Officer

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    Yes, but not tabled

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Creation Date

    4 February 2021

  • Postal Address

    GPO Box 9998 Brisbane QLD 4001

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