Army Support to Wounded Injured and Ill Program
The program has established procedures for coordinating the clinical, rehabilitation and personnel management aspects of a member’s recovery and has streamlined processes for our soldiers and their families. It continues to refine and develop policy and procedures to enhance its support framework.
As components of SWIIP, multi-disciplinary Welfare Boards track the progress of our members and establish recovery plans. Individual case management is facilitated by Unit Welfare Officers and/or Army Member Support Coordinators (MSC). Complex cases are afforded Extended Rehabilitation or Extended Transition periods to support members facing significant life changes. MSCs are located regionally and provide our members and units a point of contact to assist with synchronisation of services and timely access to compensation expertise.
Army has also implemented priority actions which were identified in Joint Health Command’s ADF Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, including the development of a peer support network and initiatives to reduce mental health stigma and barriers to seeking care.
In parallel, Army has initiated baseline cognitive assessments for all deploying members. Cognitive assessment data will facilitate early identification and treatment of brain injured members – thus minimising harm and delivering better health outcomes for our soldiers.