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Contribution of military psychology in supporting those in rural and remote work environments

Submitted: 2 August 2015
Revised: 17 March 2016
Accepted: 31 August 2016
Published: 5 October 2016

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Author(s) : Deans CL, Little EL.

Citation: Deans CL, Little EL.  Contribution of military psychology in supporting those in rural and remote work environments. Rural and Remote Health (Internet) 2016; 16: 3678. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=3678 (Accessed 22 October 2017)

ABSTRACT

Context:  This article explores the relevance of the body of military psychology knowledge to the management and support of those living and working in rural/remote industries and locations, particularly within Australia.
Issues: For those who live and work in rural/remote settings, there are social, occupational, health and environmental challenges. Some of these are shared with families and individuals who are associated with military life. The published literature on the shared attributes between military and rural/remote work environments rarely makes a direct link. However, looking at both areas suggests opportunities for the application of psychological knowledge in the well-developed field of military psychology to the rural/remote setting. This article focuses on application of psychological knowledge in the areas of occupational performance, fatigue, mental health, family care and in the training of psychologists to work in rural/remote areas.
Lessons learned:  The cross-pollination of knowledge between those working with military personnel and family and those working in rural/remote settings should allow practitioners greater opportunities to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in these communities.

Key words: Australia, clinical psychology, fly-in fly-out workers, high-risk occupations, mental health, military psychology, rural and remote psychology.

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