What does the M-CARM stand for?

The M-CARM is an acronym which stands for the Military-Civilian Adjustment and Reintegration Measure.

How long does it take to complete the M-CARM?

The M-CARM takes approximately 5 minutes to complete. Please see 'The Measure'.

How long does it take to complete the modules in the Go Beyond program?

Depending on your identified needs you will automatically be registered in relevant modules. Each module take approx. 20 -25 minues to complete.

I have downloaded my results. What should I do with them now?

If the M-CARM profile indicates areas where a veteran may benefit from assistance, there are a number of options. Firstly, veterans will be eligible to enroll in Go Beyond, a free tailored online training program. Additionally, veterans can link in to an ESO (Ex-Service Organisation) or see their health care provider.

How do I speak to my Health Provider about my scores?

Explain (and provide a copy) of your M-CARM profile to your health provider. Let them know which domains have been identified as working well and are not problematic for you, and importantly, in which domains you may benefit from assistance. Your health provider may be able to recommend helpful resources or refer you to someone else who can help (e.g. a psychologist; ESO).

How is the M-CARM administered?

The M-CARM is administered in a self-report format. Please see The Measure for further information.

How can the M-CARM supplement a client treatment plan/therapy?

The M-CARM is an early read on how a transitioning service member is adjusting. The M-CARM profile results can be used to provide encouragment to ex-service personnel in the domains they are doing well in and to have a focused discussion around areas they may benefit from assistance. The domain scores can be used to identify and target specific areas for potential treatment focus (and psychoeducation/education/awareness).

Who can I contact if I have queries about the M-CARM?

Please check first to see if your query can be answered by the webpages on m-carm.com or these FAQ. Please refer to About, The Measure, Permission pages. If you still have queries please contact the lead researcher:

Dr Madeline Romaniuk

Associate Director of Mental Health

Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation

Greenslopes Private Hospital, Newdegate St, Greenslopes QLD 4120 

Phone: 07 3329 7284 | Fax: 07 3394 7767

Email: romaniukm@ramsayhealth.com.au

Can the M-CARM be completed by veterans discharged from defence forces outside of Australia?

Not currently. The M-CARM has only been validated for ADF veterans. 

How is the M-CARM different to other reintegration/transition measures already developed?

The M-CARM is a tool that focuses on the psychological adjustment and culture reintegration to civilian life after permanent separation from the military. Other transition measures either focus on (a) reintegration following deployment (not permanent separation of service personnel); and/or (b) exclusively on injured veterans. If you would like further information please see our Publications.

What reference do I cite for the M-CARM?

The correct citation for the M-CARM is:  Romaniuk, M., Fisher, G., Kidd, C. et al. Assessing psychological adjustment and cultural reintegration after military service: development and psychometric evaluation of the post-separation Military-Civilian Adjustment and Reintegration Measure (M-CARM). BMC Psychiatry 20, 531 (2020).

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02936-y

Where can I find the psychometric properties (reliability and validity) for the M-CARM?

Please refer to the published article: Romaniuk, M., Fisher, G., Kidd, C. et al. Assessing psychological adjustment and cultural reintegration after military service: development and psychometric evaluation of the post-separation Military-Civilian Adjustment and Reintegration Measure (M-CARM). BMC Psychiatry 20, 531 (2020).

https://doi.org/10.1186/s12888-020-02936-y

Who can administer and interpret the M-CARM?

The M-CARM can be undertaken by veterans through our website here or administered by health care professionals. The individual M-CARM profile developed on completion of the measure is designed for self-learning/insight into your transition experience, and a PDF version of your results can be downloaded or emailed to you. Veterans can then proceed to the Go Beyond program in order to improve and gain insight into the areas where they may benefit from assistance. Additionally, interpretation of the M-CARM can be carried out by health providers using the individual M-CARM profile, if desired.

Who can I contact for additional support services?

If you are currently experiencing difficulties or concerns with your mental health, talk to your GP or mental health professional in addition to considering accessing the support options below. 

Lifeline Australia 

Information on a range of problems you might be facing, such as financial problem, gambling, relationship problems or mental health problems
https://www.lifeline.org.au/get-help/


Head to Health (Australian Department of Health)

Evidence-based apps and online programs, online forums and peer support services, phone, chat and email services for confidential support, and mental health websites and digital resources by trusted organisations.

https://headtohealth.gov.au/


Open Arms

Provides Counselling and mental health services for current and ex-serving ADF members and their families. 

https://www.openarms.gov.au/


Beyond Blue
Provides extensive mental health resources and support.
https://www.beyondblue.org.au/

SANE Australia

A national mental health charity providing support, research and advocacy.

https://www.sane.org/counselling-support/sane-support-services

 

Mental Health Online

Provides comprehensive and effective online services and programs free of charge. Services include self-assessment, self-help, and optional access to online professional support for problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress.

https://www.mentalhealthonline.org.au/


E-Couch 
A self-help interactive program with modules for depression, generalised anxiety and worry, social anxiety relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. It provides evidence-based information and teaches strategies drawn from cognitive, behavioural and interpersonal therapies as well as relaxation and physical activity. 

https://ecouch.anu.edu.au/welcome