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Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery Directory

The Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery Directory provides information on Ex-Serving and Veteran Community Organisations throughout Australia, to assist with accessing the health and rehabilitation services they provide to current and ex-serving ADF members and their families.

To obtain further information, please contact the Ex-Service Organisation using the contact details provided.

Disclaimer

The material in this Directory is provided for general information only, and on the understanding that the Australian Government is not providing professional advice on a particular matter.

The material may include the views or recommendations of third parties, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government or indicate a commitment to a particular course of action.

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National

National Ex-Service Organisations provide services across a range of locations.

Please contact these organisations via the details on this page to find out if they provide services in your area.

Defence Families Australia (DFA)

DFA is the official body appointed by government to represent the views of Defence Families. Its aim is to inform government and Defence on the needs of the family. Its goal is to ensure quality of life for all Defence families by providing a recognised forum for their views and by reporting, making recommendations and influencing policy that directly affects families.

Contact Details

Robyn Ritchie (Convenor)
(02) 6265 7120
Infoline 1800 100 509

R8-1-007, PO Box 7909, Canberra BC, ACT 2610
convenor@dfa.org.au

Role

To assist the families of ADF members who seek its help with advocacy to obtain information on the benefits and assistance available to them from Defence, their rights and responsibilities, and the Defence policies that affect them. This may include DFA assisting Defence and other relevant stakeholders in their efforts to inform all families of these benefits, assistance, rights and responsibilities, and policies and any changes to them.

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Compensation & Advocacy Advice Individual: Face-to-Face Families of current serving members or veterans Regional & National National

Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

The purpose of the DFWA is to foster the best interests and welfare of all members of the ADF and their families in any matter likely to affect them during or after their period of service.

Contact Details

Alf Jaugietis
(Executive Director)
(02) 6265 9530

PO Box 4166, Kingston, ACT 2604
national@dfwa.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Compensation & Advocacy Advice Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans Local DFWA Branch National

Legacy

Legacy is a charity providing services to Australian families suffering financially and socially after the incapacitation or death of a spouse or parent, during or after their defence force service. We currently care for around 90,000 widows and 1,900 children and disabled dependants throughout Australia.

Contact Details

1800 LEGACY (534 229)

PO Box 4166, Kingston, ACT 2604
www.legacy.com.au

Programs

Services are provided nationally to widows of veterans, youth dependents, dependents with a disability, and partners and youth dependents of veterans with significant health issues that affect the family. 

Services include:

  • Information, advice, assisted referrals, tailored family assistance, group social activities,
  • Emergency response,
  • Pensions and other compensation applications and advocacy,
  • Assistance with accessing training options and funding. Contribution to education costs if options not available. 
Services are delivered to individuals either face to face or over the phone, in the family home, community venues, or the Legacy office.

Partners of Veterans Association of Australia

The Association supports families and partners of veterans and current and Ex-serving Members of the ADF.

Contact Details

Secretary
(02) 4953 2533

PO Box 244, Charlestown, NSW 2290
secretary@pva.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Health & Clinical Care
Welfare only programs and/or peer support
Individual: Face-to-Face Partners / carers & families Various locations National
Daily Activities
Transport services
Individual: Face-to-Face Partners / carers & families Various locations National
Wellbeing Programs
Lunch meetings, coffee, chat groups
Group: Face-to-Face Partners / carers & families Various locations National
Compensation & Advocacy
Welfare only
Individual: Face-to-Face Partners / carers & families Various locations National
Education & Training
Group education advice only
Group: Face-to-Face Partners / carers & families Various locations National

Picking Up The Peaces

Picking Up The Peaces is a not-for-profit organisation committed to a national health campaign to raise awareness about the early signs and symptoms of psychological injury and its associated mental and physical health difficulties. There is a strong focus on reducing the detrimental effects of mental health stigma through education and literacy programs.

Contact Details

Kate (CEO)
0424 458 354

9 Burkitt St, Page, ACT 2614
info@pickingupthepeaces.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Education & Training
PTSD and Mental Health Education Program
Group: Face-to-Face Current & ex-serving ADF members and all uniformed service personnel Various locations National

Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL)

The RSL provides and supports advocay, welfare and pension claim advice to Australian and Allied Service and Ex-service persons, their spouses and dependants, widows and other Allied and needy persons.

Contact Details

Mickey Michaelis
(02) 6248 7199
0488 998 381

GPO Box 303, Canberra, ACT 2601
michaelis@rsl.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Health & Clinical Care
Health and clinical care referrals, transport, subsidies
On-line All Veterans on-base National
Mental Health Services
Supporting Defence and DVA services
Individual: Face-to-Face Transitioned members On-Base National
Home and Transport Assistance
HACC and VAC programs
Group: Face-to-Face All Veterans As required National

Royal Australian Navy Relief Trust Fund (RANRTF)

The RANRTF was established by the Services Trust Funds Act 1947. The Act provides that the Trustees shall, subject to and in accordance with the regulations, apply the fund in providing benefits for ADF members who have served in the RAN and to the dependants of such members.

Contact Details

LCDR Tristan Skousgaard
(02) 6144 7190

RAN BP29-GF-198, PO Box 7890, Canberra BC, ACT 2610
tristan.skousgaard@defence.gov.au

Programs

The benefits provided by the RANRFT are Interest Free Loans (of up to $6,000) for a wide range of purposes and Financial Grants (the amount is at the discretion of the Trustees).

Soldier On

Soldier On provides support to contemporary veterans (serving and ex-serving) and their families.

Contact Details

Barbara Fenemore
0413 842 284

15 Torrens St. Braddon ACT 2612
barbara.fenemore@soldieron.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Location Area
Sport & Recreation Group: Face-to-Face Various National
Counselling & Family Support Group or Individual: Face-to-Face Various ACT Only
Education & Training Online Various National

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA)

The VVAA is a wholly volunteer body, whose sole interest is the welfare of veterans and the families of veterans. It has strong representation in every state and territory, and very close ties with equivalent organisations in the United States and New Zealand.

Contact Details

President
0413 046 077

PO Box 97, Minto, NSW 2566
president@vvaa.org.au

Programs
  • Welfare and pension officers provide referrals to professional services, support with compensation and rehabilitation claims.
  • A range of social and interactive facilities are provided or referred where options are available.
  • Referral to professional counselling services and in-house family support services.
  • Support and advice to transitioning members on request.
  • Some financial support can be provided.
  • Full welfare, pension and advocacy services available and provided.

Canberra

Keeping Watch

Keeping Watch (KW) was established by the RANRTF as an additional mechanism through which the Trustees may provide for the comfort, recreation or welfare of a person who is currently a member of the RAN (permanent or reserve).

Contact Details

LCDR Tristan Skousgaard
(02) 6144 7190

RAN BP29-GF-198, PO Box 7890, Canberra BC, ACT 2610
tristan.skousgaard@defence.gov.au

Programs

KW funds are for Routine and Emergency Grants up to $5000 for current members of the Navy. Examples may include:

  • essential living expenses after a family crisis such as a house fire, unexpected death or serious illness;
  • providing a social support network for members with a serious medical condition (eg: catering assistance for a support group)
  • medical treatment or health support expenses
  • child care during a unexpected family crisis
  • education or retraining costs for Navy members

Please also review National Providers for any additional services that may be offered in your area.

New South Wales

RSL Veterans’ Centre East Sydney

Proudly part of North Bondi RSL Sub-Branch

North Bondi RSL Sub-Branch provides welfare and advocacy services for Veterans and Serving Members.

Contact Details

Norbert Keough
Senior & Managing Advocate
Tel: 02 9389 7245 Fax: 02 9386 5631
Mobile: 0416 805 817

RSL Veterans Centre East Sydney,
18 Spring St, Bondi Junction NSW 2022
norb@rslveteranscentre.org; info@rslveteranscentre.org

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location
Compensation & Advocacy
Advice and support, including visits to jails and the homeless.
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans Various
Health & Clinical Care
Medical Practitioner, health education, information, claims assistance
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At the Centre
Mental Health Services
Medical Practitioner, referrals to VVCS, professional counselling (psychiatrist, psychologist)
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At the Centre
Appliances (professionally recommended)
In association with Sydney DVA, and with support from tradesmen members
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans Various
Daily Activities, Home & Transport Assistance
On a case-by-case basis
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans Various
Sports and Recreation
Water sports, golfing, visits away
Group: Face-to-Face All Veterans Various
Transition Support
Support for discharging members, in particular those discharged on medical grounds
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At the Centre
Legal & Financial Support
Law graduate with military service. Access to Defence Home Credit and other donor sources
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At the Centre

Please also review National Providers for any additional services that may be offered in your area.

Northern New South Wales

Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans Association (APPVA)

APPVA provides compensation and welfare support to the greater Veterans’ community.

Contact Details

A. Thomas
0432 099 270

PO Box 557, Alstonville, NSW 2477
athomas642011@hotmail.com

Programs
  • Provide advice and support in regards to pensions and welfare.
  • Present on Training and Information Program (TIP) courses throughout NSW and ACT.
  • Provide detailed list of entitlements to all who are entitled to receive benefits.
  • Lead association dealing with people under the current Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act

Please also review National Providers for any additional services that may be offered in your area.

South Australia

Australian Flying Corps & Royal Australian Air Force Association

The Association provides welfare, advocacy, social and financial support for past, present and future members of the Air Force and their families.

Contact Details

Brent Espeland
0411 863 226

46 Blackler St, Semaphore, SA 5019
brent.espeland@gmail.com

  • Care parcels for deployed personnel.
  • Recreational and other bonding support for families welcoming home loved ones returning from deployment.
  • Financial and housing support.
  • Compensation and advocacy advice.

The Royal Australian Regiment Association (SA) Inc.

The Association is a not-for-profit mutual association of past and present infantry servicemen who have served in, or are currently serving in, a Infantry Battalion of the Regiment.

Contact Details

Michael von Berg (President)
0411 870 055

13 Beatty St, Linden Park, SA 5065
mvb@michaelvonberg.com

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Activities
Fitness, games, social activities, Trojan treks
Group: Face-to-Face All Veterans At RARA HQ SA
Vocational Training
Computer skills
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At RARA HQ SA
Wellbeing Programs
Arts, sports, recreation, wine appreciation, Reef, Beef and Burgundy Club
Group: Face-to-Face All Veterans At RARA HQ SA
Counselling
One-on-one and family
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At RARA HQ SA
Transition Support
Job seeking, CV drafting, career advice
Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans At RARA HQ SA

Royal Society for the Blind

Operation K9 - our Assistance Dog Service - will provide Assistance Dogs to veterans referred to us by the RSL, and to service personnel who have been diagnosed and suffer from PTSD. Our future plans are to work with veterans and currently serving personnel with a broader range of disabilities and needs. We partner with the RSL.

Contact Details

Chris Muldoon (Manager)
(08) 8417 5619

11 Blacks Rd, Gilles Plains South, SA 5036
cmuldoon@rsb.org.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Assistance Dogs Individual: Face-to-Face All Veterans Royal Society for the Blind SA

Please also review National Providers for any additional services that may be offered in your area.

Victoria

Everyman’s Welfare Service (EWS)

The purpose of EWS is to provide philanthropic welfare support to Defence on base, out field and on operations.

Contact Details

Ken Matthews
(02) 6055 2257

PO Box 8 Milpo, Bandiana, VIC 3694
kenneth.matthews@defence.gov.au

Programs
Description Delivery Target Group Location Area
Counselling
Informal emotional first-aid and referrals with a Christian perspective.
Individual: Face-to-Face Current serving members Various Bases National

Please also review National Providers for any additional services that may be offered in your area.

Contact Us

If you are an Ex-Service Organisation and would like to amend your information, or if you would like to have your organisation added to the map, please contact us using these details:

ADF Rehabilitation Program email: ADF.Rehab@defence.gov.au

Please use this text in the Subject Line of your email: "Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery Directory"


Other States

There are currently no registrations for Tasmania, Northern Territory, Western Australia, Northern Queensland or Southern Queensland.

Please Contact Us if you would like to register an organisation.