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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.

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Last reviewed: September 2020

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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

You can access mental health care for free and we can also counsel and support your family members

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Managing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Learn the signs of PTSD and how to get help

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

We can cover the cost of mental health treatment whatever the cause.

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Hospital admission and discharge | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Information on our hospital admission and discharge arrangements

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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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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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Delivering hospital based care | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Information for our contracted public, private and mental health hospitals as well as day procedure centres

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Assistance dogs | Department of Veterans' Affairs

Find out about the type of assistance dogs available and if you’re eligible for one

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Injury or health treatments | Department of Veterans' Affairs

How we help you get care for your physical or mental health, or check your exposure to substances

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