Phase III of the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Project is now open.


Moral injury refers to witnessing or experiencing acts that conflict with your deeply held moral beliefs, values, and expectations. This study aims to develop a tool to measure moral injury that military care providers can use to better identify and support Defence members impacted by these experiences.

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What does participation the Moral Injury Outcome Scale project involve?

Participation involves completing an anonymous and voluntary online survey that will take 35-45 minutes. The survey will ask questions about the consequences of exposure to military events which have impacted your moral values (e.g., the impact on your identity, relationships, beliefs, and behaviour), as well as questions about symptoms of depression, PTSD and distress and questions about guilt, anger, shame, morality, forgiveness, personality traits and social support.


For more information about the study including possible benefits and risks to participation, you may read and download the participant information sheet and consent form after clicking the ‘begin participation’ button.

Am I eligible for the Moral Injury Outcome Scale project?

To be eligible for this study, the following criteria need to be met:


  • You are aged 18 or over.
  • You are a serving or ex-serving member of the ADF.
  • You have experienced a potentially morally injurious event during your ADF service.


If you feel you meet the eligibility criteria of this study, and would like to begin your participation, please click the ‘Begin participation’ button below.


Why this is the Moral Injury Outcome Project important?

This research is an important step in understanding the impacts of moral injury and whether the impacts of moral injury are distinct from other mental health disorders—in particular PTSD and depression. A key outcome of this study is the development of an international moral injury outcome measure. This measure will be made available to military health care providers to better identify and support military personnel who may be experiencing negative mental health impacts resulting from experiencing or witnessing a morally injurious event.


Who is conducting the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Project?

The Moral Injury Outcome Scale study is being conducted by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health—in collaboration with an international consortium of expert researchers leading investigations into moral injury and mental health. The research is being funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.


This research project has been approved by the Department of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number: 273-20).


For further information about the study, you can also email [email protected] to get in contact with the Moral Injury Outcome Scale Project research team.

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