COVID-19 Update

Your health and wellbeing is our highest priority, so we’ve paused the SOAR trial until the COVID-19 situation resolves. Participation will re-open in January 2021.


If you have an existing appointment, please contact us at [email protected] or 1800 945 089.


For 24 hour mental health support, please contact Open Arms 1800 011 046.


Could a simple computer task help ADF personnel adjust to civilian life?


The SOAR (Stepping Out: Attention Reset) trial will be recruiting again soon.


Are you a current full-time ADF member who is transitioning from service in the next twelve months?


To see if you may be eligible to participate in the SOAR trial, please contact us on the links below:

Phone: 1800 945 089

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What is the SOAR trial?

The SOAR trial is testing an attention training task to see whether it can help facilitate readjustment, and reduce or prevent mental health problems. Attention training is like a simple computer game- it involves looking at words on a screen and pressing a corresponding keyboard button.


Am I eligible for the SOAR trial?

To be eligible for the SOAR trial, we require you to be…

  • aged 18 or older
  • a current serving member of the ADF, and
  • separating from the full-time ADF within the next 12 weeks


What does the SOAR trial involve?

If you are eligible, you will be asked to come in to the trial location for four sessions that will last approximately 7 minutes each, with one session per week for four weeks. At the first session, you will be randomly allocated to receive one of two types of attention training. Both types of attention training require you to respond quickly and accurately to words that are flashed on the screen. At the final session, you will complete a brief online questionnaire. You will also be asked to complete this same questionnaire at three months post separation and 12 months post separation.


What are the benefits?

The intervention may help reduce emotional symptoms and improve how you respond to cues in your environment. By participating in this trial, you will also help us better understand how to support ADF members as they leave the military.


Why is the SOAR trial important?

Research suggests that the rate of mental health problems doubles in the few years after separating from military service. A biased attention towards threat is thought to increase the risk of PTSD and anxiety disorders, and our aim is to reduce the prevalence of mental health problems by addressing this risk factor. If this study demonstrates that this attention control intervention is effective, it may be implemented into existing services for transitioning military members.


Who is conducting the SOAR trial?

This trial will be funded and conducted by the Open Arms-Veterans & Families Counselling, and will be managed in collaboration with Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the Department of Defence.