The WATCH project is now recruiting.


The Wellness Action Through Checking Health (WATCH) project is about understanding how ADF members keep their mental fitness at optimum levels.

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We’re interested in talking to ADF members about actions and activities you use to keep your mental fitness at optimal levels when noticing changes in your general mental wellbeing. This might be changes in sleeping patterns, your relationships with family, friends and colleagues, or even in how you are coping with everyday events.

What does the WATCH study involve?

If you are interested in participating in the WATCH study, you will be asked to complete a brief online survey to further determine your eligibility in participating. If eligible, you may be invited to take part in a one-on-one interview, either over the phone or by video. This interview will be about your experience with things like sleep, work problems, mood and where you would turn if you have ever needed to seek help for these things. Your responses will be kept confidential and will only be reported on in grouped format. The interview takes approximately 45 minutes and is audio recorded.


If you feel you may be suitable for participating in this study, and would like to see whether you may be eligible, please click here. For more information about the study including possible benefits and risks to participation please download the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form.


Am I eligible for the WATCH study?

You are eligible to participate if you:


  • Are a permanent serving ADF member (SERCAT 6 or 7); and
  • Are over age 18.


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


Why is the WATCH Study important?

This research has been designed to inform how Defence health processes can be bolstered to better manage ADF members experiencing changes in their mental health. This research has also been designed to inform how Defence can better support ADF members proactively manage their own mental health. Ultimately, better management of these changes in mental health can contribute to a reduction in the impact of disorder, and improved functioning in work, home and social life for members of the ADF.


Who is conducting the WATCH study?

The WATCH study is being conducted by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health—in conjunction with the Department of Defence.
This research project has been approved by the Department of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs Human Research Ethics Committee (Protocol Number: 277-20).


For further information about the study, you can also email [email protected] to get in contact with the WATCH study research team.

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