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Northern Communities Lecture – Dr Harold Kudler

Wednesday 16 October, 2019
5.30 pm - 6.30 pm
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences Building
Lecture Theatre G030, Ground Floor
North Terrace, Adelaide

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

You are invited to attend his presentation:  Clinical and public health approaches to the mental health and well-being of service members, veterans and their families: an integration. 

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 has 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.

This is a free lecture and available to the general public.

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