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Peter J Bligh
SRW Pat Turner Scholarship Graduated 2020

Peter J Bligh

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

Australian National University

Graduate Diploma of Economics

Peter joined the APS in 2012. He has provided advice on program design, program management, strategic policy and regulatory administration for the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. While doing this, Peter has embedded strategies to enhance Indigenous outcomes across the breadth of his work.

Peter is using his postgraduate study to continue to enhance Indigenous outcomes by applying economics to policy formulation and evaluation. He is also hoping to develop embedded understanding of issues involved in the coordination of economic policies, and better analyse the economic effects of policy changes and communicate them to a public, business or government audience.


Melanie Broder
SRW Scholarship 2018

Melanie Broder

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

Australian National University

PhD title: Rethinking deterrence approaches: three case studies in cyber security.

Melanie joined the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet in 2015 after eight years in the Department of Defence working across policy, analysis, and capability portfolios. Melanie’s Defence experience contributed to her passion for protecting Australia’s strategic interests from non-traditional security threats. Melanie’s most recent roles have focused on national security through Crisis Management, and then in the Office of the Cyber Security Adviser.

Melanie’s doctoral research uses a qualitative approach to examine the practical applications of the principles of deterrence on cyber security from 2008-2018. Her study investigates the policies, methods and relative success of three different case studies: the United States of America, the State of Israel, and the Republic of Finland. Melanie's work aims to identify principles that may be appropriate for the Australian strategic context and contribute to a global understanding of the efficacy of cyber deterrence policies for governments.

Supervisor:
Emeritus Professor Roger Bradbury
  • Cyberdiplomacy: managing security and governance online: by Shaun Riordan, Cambridge, Medford, MA, Polity Press, 2019; Broder, Melanie. Global Change, Peace & Security, 08/2019

Helen Benassi
SRW Scholarship 2017

Helen Benassi

Department of Defence

Australian National University

PhD title: E-health solutions to support early identification and self-management of mental health in the Australian Defence Force.

For over ten years, Helen has worked for the Department of Defence in mental health and psychology policy and research. Helen was responsible for the coordination of strategic mental health research within Defence and managed the delivery of a number of influential research projects, including the Longitudinal Australian Defence Force (ADF) Study Evaluating Resilience, and the ADF Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study.

Helen’s research will examine stigma and barriers to mental health care in the ADF, as well as the role e-mental health plays in treatment-seeking behaviour, early intervention, and self-management in a workplace context. Helen was co-author on a number of 2018 and 2019 Department of Veterans’ Affairs reports examining mental health in current and former ADF members and pathways to mental health care, including technology use. She presented at the Society for Mental Health Research Conference in November 2019.

Supervisor:
Associate Professor Phil Batterham
  • Burns, J., Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Benassi, H., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Hansen, C., Avery, J., Searle, A., Iannos, M., Abraham, M., Baur, J., & McFarlane, A. (2019). Technology Use and Wellbeing Report, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Bryant, R., Lawrence-Wood, E., Baur, J., McFarlane, A., Hodson, S., Sadler, N., Benassi, H., Howell, S., Abraham, M., Iannos, M., Hansen, C., Searle, A., & Van Hooff, M. (2019). Mental Health Changes Over Time: a Longitudinal Perspective: Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Lawrence-Wood, E., McFarlane, A., Lawrence, A., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Benassi, H., Bryant, R., Korgaonkar, M., Rosenfeld, J., Sim, M., Kelsall, H., Abraham, M., Baur, J., Howell, S., Hansen, C., Iannos, M., Searle, A., & Van Hooff, M. (2019). Impact of Combat Report, Impact of Combat Study. Canberra: Department of Defence and Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Van Hooff M, Lawrence-Wood E, Hodson S, Sadler N, Benassi H, Hansen C, Grace B, Avery J, Searle A, Iannos M, Abraham M, Baur J, McFarlane A. (2018) Mental Health Prevalence, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study, the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra.
  • Forbes D, Van Hooff M, Lawrence-Wood E, Sadler N, Hodson S, Benassi H, Hansen C, Avery J, Varker T, O’Donnell M, Phelps A, Frederickson J, Sharp M, Searle A, McFarlane A. (2018) Pathways to Care, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study, the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Canberra.
  • Kelsall, H., Sim, M., Van Hooff, M., Lawrence-Wood, E., Benassi, H., Sadler, N., Hodson, S., Hansen, C., Avery, J., Searle, A., Ighani, H., Iannos, M., Abraham, M., Baur, J., Saccone, E., & McFarlane, A. (2018). Physical Health Status Report, Mental Health and Wellbeing Transition Study. Canberra: the Department of Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
  • Searle, A. K., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C. E., Tran, T., Hodson, S. E., Benassi, H.P., Steele, N. M. (2017). Screening for Depression and Psychological Distress in a Currently Serving Military Population: The Diagnostic Accuracy of the K10 and the PHQ9. Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191117745124
  • Searle, A., Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A. C., Davies, C.E. Fairweather-Schmidt, A.K., Hodson, S.E., Benassi, H.P. & Steele. N. (2015). The validity of military screening for mental health problems: Diagnostic accuracy of the PCL, K10 and AUDIT scales in an entire military population. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. 16;24(1):32-45. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.1460
  • Steele, N.M, Benassi, H.P, Chesney, C.J, Nicholson, C, Fogarty, G.J, (2014) Evaluating the Merits of Using Brief Measures of PTSD or General Mental Health Measures in Two-Stage PTSD Screening. Military Medicine, 179(12): 1497-1502, DOI: 10.7205/MILMED-D-14-00183
  • Van Hooff, M., McFarlane, A.C., Davies, C.E., Searle, A., Fairweather-Schmidt, A.K., Verhagen, A., Benassi, H., Hodson, S.E. The Australian Defence Force Mental Health Prevalence and Wellbeing Study: design and methods. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014 14;5. Epub 2014 Aug 14. DOI: 10.3402/ejpt.v5.23950
  • Benassi, H. (2012) Post-Operational Mental Health: Bi-Annual Surveillance Report. Technical Brief 04-12. Canberra: Department of Defence.
  • Benassi, H., & Steele, N. (2011). Post-Operational Mental Health Surveillance: Middle East Area of Operations 2010. Technical Brief 13-11. Canberra: Department of Defence.
 
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