Methodology for a think tank: the future of military and veterans' health

Palmer, Jane and Ellis, Niki (2009) Methodology for a think tank: the future of military and veterans' health. Foresight, 11 (3). pp. 14-27. ISSN 1463-6689

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This paper argues that the adoption of a ‘critical futures’ approach to management and content of a Think Tank conducted by the Centre for Military and Veterans’ Health, Australia, resulted in outcomes conducive to deep level change within the organisations and professional groups involved.

The Think Tank process focused on challenging mind-sets and entrenched systemic barriers at all organisational levels through:Engagement of leadership throughout the process; Broad-based workshops involving management, professional and operational levels;Use of Causal Layered Analysis to encourage critical thinking and ideas development and use of scenarios to imagine the future.

At the end of the Think Tank’s program, a new framework supporting health services delivery had been envisaged, its components described and the cultural and structural changes needed to make this happen had been identified.

Practical implications
The results of the Think Tank program will provide a basis for action to achieve a preferred future over the next two decades. Such action includes research, horizon scanning, adoption of new technologies, better information collection and management, and training and education programs, and most importantly attitudinal and cultural change.

The Think Tank worked alongside a military command control structure to maximise leverage for change, and to encourage critical and futures-oriented thinking at all organisational levels. The result has been a comprehensive and strategic vision of the future which went well beyond the outcomes envisaged at the beginning of the process. We are unaware of any other such futures projects which have been conducted in the military and veterans’ health sector.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2016 06:34
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2016 06:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: causal layered analysis, futures methodology, health futures, military and veterans health, health consumer, wellness, preventive health
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160805 Social Change
Fields of Research (2020): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440706 Health policy
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3505 Human resources and industrial relations > 350505 Occupational and workplace health and safety
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520402 Decision making
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441004 Social change
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810109 Personnel
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