DRUMBEAT for Veterans – Evaluation by The University of Western Australia
This evaluation of DRUMBEAT for Veterans suggest the program has a positive impact on psychological distress, post-traumatic stress symptoms and mental wellbeing.
The likely mechanisms that have been identified through qualitative finding are the drumming, talking and group processes, and the interaction between these aspects. Furthermore, the evaluation has shown the importance of keeping the program “Veterans only” due to the shared experiences, challenges, attitudes, language and mutual unstated trust between the participants.
DRUMBEAT for Veterans ability to address these barriers, gaps and recommendations demonstrates Holyoake’s commitment to providing evidence based interventions, and the importance of reference groups containing vast, diverse experiences in both services provision and the experiences of Veterans.
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