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Department of Veterans' Affairs

Department of Veterans' Affairs mission is to support those who have served in the defence of our nation and commemorate their service and sacrifice.

Department of Veterans' Affairs supports veterans, war widows/widowers, eligible defence and police force members, and their dependants and carers, with commemoration, compensation, health care and income support.

Key DVA health initiatives include:

  • Coordinated Veterans’ Care Program (CVC) – CVC aims to improve the wellbeing and quality of care for chronically ill gold card holders.
  • Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) – This service provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger. Support is also available for relationship and family matters that can arise due to the unique nature of military servic The support line, 1800 011 046, is available 24 hours.
  • Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) – This initiative raises awareness about men's health issues by encouraging all members of the veteran and ex-service community to share the responsibility for managing their health.
  • Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) – The Veterans' Home Care (VHC) program provides low-level home care services to eligible veterans and war widows and widowers.
  • The Right Mix – A web site providing drinking assessment tools, guides to low-risk drinking, and alcohol-related information for veterans and health professionals.
  • At Ease – The At Ease website is designed to help you, or someone you know, recognise signs of mental health problems and act to improve and maintain health and wellbeing.

Helpline

  • The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential, nation-wide counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger.
  • For help, to learn more, or to check eligibility for VVCS services, call 1800 011 046 or visit the VVCS website.
  • Support is also available for relationship and family matters that can arise due to the unique nature of military service.

Recommended links

Last reviewed: May 2015

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Depressive Disorders

Major depression is characterised by a persistently low mood and/or a loss of interest or pleasure in activities.

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At Ease Professional GP summary social anxietyAt Ease Professional

Around one in twelve Australians will experience social anxiety at some point in their lives. Symptoms include:fear of social or performance situations in which a person worries about being scrutinised or negatively evaluated by others, avoidance of the feared situation, or intense fear and anxiety when exposed to it.

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