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Department of Veterans' Affairs

Vision and mission

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

How Department of Veterans' Affairs can help

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 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 families. To get support or to find out more, call 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.
  • 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 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 families.
  • For help, to learn more, or to check eligibility for Open Arms - Veterans & Families services, call 1800 011 046 or visit the Open Arms website.

Recommended links

Last reviewed: September 2020

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Veterans' Health Check | Department of Veterans' Affairs

After you transition to civilian life, you can have a comprehensive health check with your general practitioner (GP).

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Veteran healthcare cards | Department of Veterans' Affairs

We issue cards that may get you free or cheaper health care or discounts on medicine, transport, water and power. Businesses may also give discounts.

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Free mental health care for veterans | Department of Veterans' Affairs

We can cover the cost of treatment for all mental health conditions without having to prove the conditions relate to your ADF service

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Injury or health treatments | Department of Veterans' Affairs

If you need care for an injury, or a check if you've been exposed to hazardous substances, we may be able to help. We also offer free mental health care.

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Mental health support services | Department of Veterans' Affairs

We can help you and your family access support for your mental health and wellbeing

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Mental health care | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Get free mental health care or resources to help you to monitor and manage your own wellbeing. We also offer counselling and support for your family members.

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Psychiatric assistance dogs | Department of Veterans' Affairs

We may be able to help you access an assistance dog for your mental health

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Open Arms is open for business | Department of Veterans' Affairs

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a significant impact on all of our lives, and is leaving some people with feelings of anxiety, worry, stress or fear. To support you during this time, Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling is remaining open for business.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Information on the signs and symptoms of PTSD and details on how to get help and treatment.

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Open Arms expands group program delivery for the veteran community | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling has strengthened support for veterans and their families by expanding its suite of group support options,

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