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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.

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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Stay healthy | At Ease

A range of services are available to the ex-serving communities and their families to stay healthy

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Signs and symptoms | At Ease

There are a range of warning signs to look out for that may be precursors tomental health issues. If you are feeling down or anxious, worried about what you are doing, or having issues with everyday life such as poor sleep or pain.

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Veterans | At Ease

Worried about how you're feeling or behaving? Self-help techniques can help you get back on track. Help is available. And help can make a difference.

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Support a mate | At Ease

Being there for a mate in the good times is easy and enjoyable. But when a mate goes through a rough patch, it can be hard to know what to do or say. This can be particularly challenging if your mate is not just having a bad day, but experiencing a mental health problem.

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Reconnecting after trauma | At Ease

I had no training or anything when I became a photographer. I just went to see the Commanding Officer and said, Boss, can I be the unit photographer? And he went, Can you take a photo?

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Debunk the myths | At Ease

Urban legends about veteran health - especially mental health - can derail your recovery. These myths deserve to be busted!

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Case study - alcohol use | At Ease

Mark left the ADF after a tour of Afghanistan. He thought a few beers after work were helping him relax, until he realised he was drinking more than he thought and it was affecting his family.

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Poor sleep | At Ease

Not getting enough sleep for a few nights here and there is nothing to worry about. But sleep problems that last for weeks or even months can really interfere with your health, work and social life. Try these tips for better sleep.

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'Beyond the call' stories | At Ease

Learn how generations of veteran families have worked through the unique challenges of their ADF experiences.

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Annual Veteran Health Check | At Ease

If you leave, or have left, the ADF from 1 July 2019, you are eligible for a fully funded Annual Veteran Health Check each year for the first five years after leaving the ADF.

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