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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.
  • Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) is a national mental health service that provides 24-hour free and confidential counselling, group programs and suicide prevention training for current and ex-serving ADF members, and their family. To get support or to find out more, call 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.. They provide professional, military aware, support to all current and former serving ADF personnel and their family members.
  • 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

  • If you, or someone you know, needs support call Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) on 1800 011 046. It is a national mental health service that provides 24-hour free and confidential counselling, group programs and suicide prevention training for current and ex-serving ADF members, and their family.
  • For help, to learn more, or to check eligibility for Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling services, call 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.
  • Support is also available for relationship and family matters that can arise due to the unique nature of military service.

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Last reviewed: November 2018

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Defence Resources | At Ease for Veterans

A range of comprehensive mental health related fact sheets are available from the Department of Defence, Joint Health Command Website. These can be downloaded by clicking on the pdf link of the relevant fact sheet PDF below, or by clicking the Joint Health Command Website link above.

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Quality sleep

Finding the right mix between your health and alcohol. The first step is to recognise both the risks and benefits of alcohol in finding the balance.

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Protective Factors | OPERATION LIFE ONLINEOPERATION LIFE ONLINE

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Risk Factors | OPERATION LIFE ONLINEOPERATION LIFE ONLINE

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Feelings after a Suicide | OPERATION LIFE ONLINEOPERATION LIFE ONLINE

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VVCS home page

This is the official homepage of the VVCS website

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Facts and Myths | OPERATION LIFE ONLINEOPERATION LIFE ONLINE

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Feeling Down

This page will help you recognise the signs when you are feeling down, flat, no energy or when nothing feels fun and what you can do about them using self-help options or seeking help from others.

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Operation Life Online

Suicide awareness for veterans, ex-serving personnel and their families

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PTSD Coach Australia | At Ease for Veterans

This page provides information on the PTSD Coach Australia mobile application

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