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EMPLOYERS from both the private
and public sectors are being encouraged
to develop leave policies to support
ADF reservists within their organisa-
tions as part of a new reserves-support
The program is the Supportive Employers program.
Head of Cadet, Reserve and Employer Support
Division MAJGEN Paul Brereton launched the pro-
gram in mid-February.
Employers are being asked to develop Defence
reserves leave policies and become 'Supportive
The program was designed to encourage employ-
ers to call the Defence Reserves Support helpline or
visit the reserves website for more information on the
"The campaign includes advertisements that feature
some of Australia's leading chief executive officers and
managing directors. They will be seen in publications,
online and also aboard Qantas aircraft," MAJGEN
"We appreciate the support of employers who sup-
port reservists and hope that other employers will take
their lead and sign up to the program."
Employers do not need to have reservists on staff to
have the policies in place or sign up as a 'Supportive
For more information, call 1800 803 485 or visit www.
New deal online for reservists
By Sarah McMullen and Kara Pasmore
THIS year researchers from the Centre for Military
and Veterans' Health (CMVH) at the University of
Queensland will be sending invitations to ex-serv-
ing and reserve personnel for participation in the
Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Health
Of particular concern to CMVH researchers is evi-
dence indicating that physical and mental health out-
comes for ex-serving members are different from those
of serving members. For this reason, they are using all
resources available to reach the ex-service community
to provide members with the opportunity to take part
in this valuable research.
As part of the Military Health Outcomes Program
(MilHOP), the largest health research program ever
undertaken by the ADF, the MEAO Health Study aims
to capture the health, wellbeing and deployment expe-
riences of ADF members who have deployed to the
MEAO since 2001.
Associate Professor Susan Treloar, Head of the
University of Queensland node of CMVH, said given
that ex-serving and reserve members could be more
difficult to locate, the team welcomed people to con-
tact them directly if they heard about the study before
being contacted officially.
"We need their current contact details in order to
send information about how to join the study," she
"Log-in and password details for a secure online
survey will also be sent, or there is the option to do a
mailed paper survey."
CMVH is a university-based centre. Individual
study responses and information are kept secure
and confidential by authorised research staff at the
University of Queensland and the University of
Adelaide. The study has the endorsement of both CDF
and the Repatriation Commissioner. All participants
can be assured that their individual privacy will be
protected and that no identifiable information will be
provided to Defence or the Department of Veterans'
The results of the study will be important to
both departments in terms of revealing any linkages
between deployment exposures and experiences and
subsequent health problems among veterans.
For further information on the MEAO Health Study, visit
www.cmvh.org.au/milhop or call 1800 886 567 or
March 17, 2011
MEAO HEALTH STUDY: The MilHOP team is
calling ex-serving and reserve personnel to par-
ticipate in the Middle East Area of Operations
Health Study. Here, HMAS Melbourne sails off
the coast of Somalia during her recent Operation
Photo: SGT Neil Ruskin
the support of
ists and hope that
will take their
lead and sign up
to the program."
-- MAJGEN Paul Brereton,
Head Cadet, Reserve
and Employer Support
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