South Australia

Directors, Professor Ben Wadham, Professor Sharon Lawn

Open Door: Understanding and Supporting Service Personnel and their Families -

At a Glance

Separating from the military and other first responder services is a challenging time. Returning to civilian life and family and friends is exciting but can also be a time of uncertainty. Coming from a highly scheduled life to a life that is open and maybe initially without clear direction requires reorientation across the domains of employment, housing, education, justice, health and the community. If one has health issues the transition can be even more challenging.

At Open Door we recognise that opportunity and support are two great scaffolds to making the journey across the civilian-military culture gap. Open Door is an Australasian multi-disciplinary research hub that exists to disseminate research information to academics, practitioners and veterans interested in the research policy and service provision for veterans and first responders.

Our networks extend to New Zealand, The United Kingdom, Canada and the US. In Australia, we have 57 members from the University Of Western Australia, UNSW ADFA, Australian Catholic University, the University of South Australia and the University of Western Sydney to name a few.

Our aim is to conduct applied and blue sky research that demonstrates what works for veterans in transition.

  • Community Engagement
  • Research
  • Transition


Ph +610447947880

Open Door: Understanding and Supporting Service Personnel and their Families
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday 9-5PM


  • Free Services
  • Government-funded
  • ACNC-registered Charity
  • Not-for-profit
  • Accepts DVA pension card holder
  • Accepts Gold Card Holder (Australia)
  • Accepts TPI Gold Card Holder (Australia)
  • Accepts White Card Holder (Australia)

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