Home' Defence Magazine : Issue 1 2014 Contents Two members of the Department are among four Australian Public
Service recipients of the Sir Roland Wilson PhD scholarship
Studies to deliver
best for all
The Secretary of Defence,
recipients Rick Zentelis
and Martine Cosgrove.
Also pictured are Rick’s
children Finn and Liam.
Photos: Grace Costa
TWO Defence public servants are undertaking
separate research into mental wellbeing and land
management after being awarded Sir Roland
Wilson PhD scholarships late last year.
Martine Cosgrove, of Joint Health Command, and
Rick Zentelis, of Infrastructure Division, are the first
Defence employees to be awarded the scholarship
since its establishment in 2011. They are among
four recipients from across the Australian Public
Service in 2013.
Martine, the former Regional Mental Health
Coordinator for Southern NSW Regional Health
Service, will map out a mental health pathway for
military members throughout their careers.
Rick aims to develop a more economically
sutainable land management model for Defence
Martine will look at the aspects of military sevice
that are “good and not so good” for mental health
and psychological wellbeing, beyond deployment
and combat experience.
“We’re trying to see if you can predict what people
need at different times in their military life. What
does a person who is 21 years old need, versus
someone who is 35 or 50 years of age?” she says.
“A lot of good research is being conducted in the
field. It tends to look at deployment and combat
experience as key determinants of psychological
health – particularly trauma and depression.
Significant life events like this must be understood,
however, we need to understand what individuals
and groups need to build, maintain or recover
psychological health and wellbeing over time.”
The study will examine a range of factors in
people’s lives – such as relationships, coping
skills, psychological injury, workplace satisfaction
and job stress – to see how they are related.
With this information, Martine hopes Defence will
know more about how to create conditions that
support good psychological health and to develop
effective programs for the promotion of mental
health and recovery from mental health problems.
Martine’s research will be conducted at the Centre
for Research Aging Health and Wellbeing at the
Australian National University.
Rick’s study will look into balancing different
interests in training areas, such as whether it is
more efficient to have one tank battle run area or
to rotate through a number of battle runs.
“At this point in time we do not have the data to
make an informed decision as to which is the best
approach,” he says.
No land management studies of this kind have
been undertaken and Rick says the results could
be applied to forestry and agriculture as well.
“In a military context it’s about training the Army
to fight. In a forestry context it’s about how much
timber you can get out of an area, or in agriculture
it’s about crop yields. The purpose of the model is
to determine the most efficient way of achieving
these objectives,” he says.
The idea for the study came after discussions
with colleges from the US, Canada and Europe
revealed no research has been done combining
economic, environmental and usage data for land
“Doing the PhD and having it sit on a shelf
somewhere isn’t what I want; I’m looking at
building the results into range control procedures
and standing orders,” he said.
Martine and Rick will complete their PhD research
at the end of 2016.
By Corporal Max Bree
Created by the Sir
partnership with the
PhD research in areas
of priority public
ABOUT THE MAN
Sir Roland Wilson’s
life was devoted to
public service. He
served variously as
of the Department of
Labour and National
Service, and Secretary
of the Treasury
between the 1930s
and 1960s. He died in
1996 aged 92.
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