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Dr Harold Kudler: Clinical and public health approaches to the mental health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families: an integration.

Wednesday 16 October, 2019
5.30pm - 6.30pm
Adelaide School of Health and Medical Sciences, Adelaide Uni
North Tce
Adelaide

The University of Adelaide Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences is pleased to welcome Dr Harold Kudler, M.D. of Duke University, USA who is Adelaide’s Northern Communities Health Foundation Visiting Professor of 2019.

Please join us for his presentation: Clinical and public health approaches to the mental health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families: an integration.

When: Wednesday 16 October 2019
Time: 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Where: Lecture theatre G030, ground floor, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building, North Terrace (map)

 

What is required of a nation when it sends its citizens to war and brings them home as veterans?  How does it meet the mental health needs of service members, veterans and their families to best promote their well-being? 

Having been trained as a psychiatrist in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr Harold Kudler’s approach had always been clinical; make a diagnosis, apply an evidence-based treatment, monitor for improvement and/or side-effects and go on to the next patient. 

As he advanced upwards in leadership he realised that a Public Health perspective is essential if we are to succeed in caring for those who have borne the battle. 

This is demonstrated by the fact that, of the 20 United States Veterans who, on average, die by suicide every day, 14 are not under VA care.  They can only be engaged through a Public Health approach and this must extend beyond clinical systems to create communities of care. 

Communities of care are defined as complex systems that work across individual, family, community, military, state and national levels of organisation to promote health and well-being.  An effective community of care can be measured by its public awareness of service members, its ability to recognise their needs and support them in community settings and the ease with which service members, veterans and their families can access resources and services.

This presentation will consider obstacles which so often prevent clinical and public health leaders from collaborating effectively and offer a model for their successful integration in theory and practice.   


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