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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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Case study - social anxiety disorder | At Ease

A case study about social anxiety disorder in an ex-serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

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Drug-use disorders | At Ease

It's common to think of drug-use disorders as affecting only stereotypical drug addicts. But you can be high-functioning, hold down an important job and still be adversely affected by drugs. Not just illegal drugs, but also doctor-prescribed medications. The sooner you seek help the better.

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Case study - generalised anxiety disorder | At Ease

A case study about generalised anxiety disorder in an ex-serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

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General resources | At Ease

A range of general resources provide information, videos, booklets andfactsheetsfor veterans and their families to learn more about the veteran and veteran family experience.

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Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Department of Veterans' Affairs

What is PTSD? PTSD is a psychological response to the experience of intense traumatic events, including those that threaten life. For military veterans, the trauma may relate to direct combat duties, being in a dangerous war zone, or taking part in peacekeeping missions under difficult and stressful conditions.

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Help you and your family | At Ease

As a partner or family member of a serving or ex-serving member, a range of support services are available to help you and your family.

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Ex-serving ADF members | At Ease

AT-Ease supports ex-serving members to find a range of information and resources to benefit your mental health and wellbeing, helping veterans and their families live well for longer.

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On Track app | At Ease

The ON TRACK with The Right Mix app has been designed for serving and ex-serving ADF personnel and veterans.

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Violence | At Ease

Violence is never acceptable. If you think you might have a problem with aggressive or violent behaviour, taking responsibility for your actions is the first step to finding more appropriate ways of dealing with difficult emotions.

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Thank you for your service | At Ease

Thank you for your service' comprises remarkable photographs and stories of 46 men and women who serve or have served in defence of Australia. Be inspired by your veterans.

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