Department of Veterans' Affairs
Operation Life is DVA’s overarching framework for suicide awareness and prevention among the ex-service community - including veterans and ex-service personnel, and their families, friends, colleagues, carers, and civilian members of ex-service organisations.
A core component of the framework is the delivery of face-to-face workshops that aim to increase the ex-service community’s awareness of, and ability to respond to, suicidal behaviour in individuals.
In 2017, DVA contracted UnitingCare Community (UCC) in partnership with Overwatch Australia and Roses in the Ocean, to develop a new training program that meets the changing needs of the ex-service community. The aims of the program were to:
AHA was appointed to evaluate the pilot program using a 6-phase mixed-method approach designed to address the key areas of interest:
Following the phase 1 proof of concept assessment, DVA decided not to continue with the pilot. DVA instead chose to modify an existing suicide awareness program (safeTALK) to tailor it for the veteran population. AHA was engaged to evaluate the resulting pilot program: safeTALK for the veteran community.
Operation Life aims to increase the ex-service community’s awareness of, and ability to respond to, suicidal behaviour in individuals.