Continuous Improvement Framework Project

Defence is committed to improving mental health support for serving and ex-serving members, and understands the mental health and wellbeing of the workforce has a direct impact on capability.

The Continuous Improvement Framework Project (CIF Project) was established to evaluate the Defence Mental Health and Well-being Strategy 2018-2023 and associated mental health programs and activities. The CIF Project was led by Joint Health Command (JHC) and delivered by the University of Canberra. The project commenced in November 2020 and ran for 3 years.

The project assisted Defence in examining:

  • the effectiveness of the strategy
  • outcomes associated with mental health programs and training
  • cost benefits
  • overall impact.

Outcomes of the project contributed to policy and practise across the organisation and ensured Defence remains a leader in national mental health reform.

At various stages of the CIF Project, feedback was requested from Defence employees or ADF personnel via online surveys. Data collection processes for the purposes of the CIF Project were required to follow strict protocols, including adherence to ethical requirements.