Compensation and wellness: a conflict for veterans' health

Ellis, N., Mackenzie, A. and Mobbs, R. (2008) Compensation and wellness: a conflict for veterans' health. Australian Health Review, 32 2: 308-312. doi:10.1071/AH080308

Author Ellis, N.
Mackenzie, A.
Mobbs, R.
Title Compensation and wellness: a conflict for veterans' health
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2008-01-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1071/AH080308
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 2
Start page 308
End page 312
Total pages 5
Editor Legat, S.
Binskin, C.
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Language eng
Subject C1
920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
920208 Health Policy Evaluation
810109 Personnel
111708 Health and Community Services
Abstract In Australia greater attention is being given to health determinants, and the dominance of treatment in health policy and budgets is giving away some ground to prevention, health promotion, rehabilitation and disability management. This creates 11 dilemma for compensation systems:should the inclusion criteria be broadened to match the new thinking or should a narrower definition of "disease, injury or death" be retained? This issue is explored in the context of war syndromes among veterans. While veterans experience symptoms more frequently and more severely than military and community controls, their patterns of symptoms are not unique, Current compensation and benefit programs can create iatrogenic effects. It is concluded that compensation systems should be kept as safety nets while resources are provided to improve the capacity of primary health care caregivers, community organisations and veterans with war syndromes and their families to better deal with these problems. Adapting compensation systems to promote wellness through self-management health partnerships is one way of directing resources to individuals and their fammes. Action research at the comrnunlty level with veterans, their families, their organisations, primary health care organisations, policy makers and researchers would allow this sector to work out the best way to apply existing efficacious tools to these modern health problems.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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