Senate inquiry to look at defence mental health in wake of Williamtown suicides

Original article published by ABC News, 2 April 2015.

The mental health of Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel is the focus of a Senate probe, at a time when ADF members are reeling from two suicides at the Williamtown Air Force base.

Photo supplied by  Defence Force

Photo supplied by Defence Force

The ABC revealed that an Air Force member from Williamtown committed suicide in February.

Another RAAF member took his own life at the Williamtown base in April last year.

The Senate is now conducting an in-depth inquiry into the mental health of ADF personnel who have returned from combat, peacekeeping or other deployment.

It will focus on post traumatic stress disorder, mental health policies, counselling services and record keeping for hospitalisations and deaths.

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