Current serving ADF personnel
ADF personnel involved in, or affected by, the IGADF Afghanistan Inquiry continue to be supported by their chain-of-command and also have access to a range of other assistance including mental health, medical, legal, pastoral and social work services.
For current serving ADF personnel welfare support is available through your chain of command; local Defence health facility; unit, base or ship on call chaplain; your support officer or legal representative. You are also able to access any of the services below.
- For current serving ADF personnel – your chain of command, local Defence health facility, unit, base or ship on call chaplain, or your support officer or legal representative. You are also able to access any of the services below.
- In the event of injury or illness ADF personnel should call the medical advice triage referral service 1800IMSICK. This service provides nursing level triage and advice regarding appropriate access to health care.
- Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Service 1800 011 046 or online at http://www.openarms.gov.au. Open Arms provides counselling and support programs to ADF personnel and their families and operates a free-call all-hours crisis telephone service as well as providing face to face support. ADF personnel can sometimes feel more comfortable reaching out to Open Arms in the first instance as Open Arms is not part of Defence.
- Lifeline Australia 13 11 14, available 24/7 or online at www.lifeline.org.au. Lifeline is a national charity providing all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.
- ADF Health and wellbeing portal – www.defence.gov.au/health/healthportal. The ADF Health and Wellbeing portal provides information on a wide range of Defence websites containing information on ADF Health and Mental Health services and supports, as well as links to many useful external resources.