Family Wellbeing Study

Past project

This study is investigating the health and wellbeing of families of Australian Defence Force members, transitioned members and reservists.

The Family Wellbeing Study

The Family Wellbeing Study examined the wellbeing of families of ADF members, transitioned ADF members and reservists. Learnings from the study will be used to improve services for families and to design effective prevention and early intervention programs for families, both while their ADF family member is serving and after they leave the ADF to join civilian life.

View publications from this project.

What do we hope to learn from the Family Wellbeing study?

The study seeks to understand:

  • the wellbeing of families after transition from ADF to civilian life and how it compares to the wellbeing of families of current serving members
  • some of the challenges experienced by families of transitioned ADF members and how these compare to families of current serving members
  • what military families do to get help during challenging times and what they actually find helpful
  • the relationship between the wellbeing of families and ADF members, current and ex-serving.

Read Jack's story to learn about one man's experiences in the military and how these affected his family.

Future military family studies

Family members not eligible to participate in the Family Wellbeing study can register their interest for participation in future military family studies.

The Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme

The Family Wellbeing Study is part of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme. The programme is the largest and most comprehensive programme of studies undertaken in Australia to examine the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families.  The programme is made up of three major studies:

  1. The Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study
  2. Impact of Combat Study
  3. Family Wellbeing Study



Executive Manager, Family Policy & Practice Research



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