Diggers to Veterans: risk, recovery and reslience in the First AIF

  • Project Leader
    Professor Janet McCalman McCalman

Project Details

What really happened to the Diggers after the war? In this centenary year of Gallipoli, it is still not known. It is not known how long they lived nor how they compared in health and family formation to civilians. Did some recover from trauma and exposures over time? Did the Repatriation Scheme and medical care make a difference? What social and biological characteristics may have affected risk, resilience and recovery? And what can be learnt about the lifelong impact of war exposures and traumas, to assist in the recovery of today's servicemen? This project aims to be the world's first cradle- to-grave medico-demographic study of survivors of military service in World War I, drawing on Australia's unique archive of service and veteran medical records.


Professor Janet McCalman

Associate professor Rebecca Kippen - School of Rural Health, Monash University, Bendigo

Professor John Hopper

Professor Michael Read - Dept of Military Medicine, University of Queensland

Professor Joan McMeeken



ARC DP 150100682

Funding amount


Current: delayed completion and funds carried forward

Research Group

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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