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JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

Andrew Nikolic AM CSC MP
Federal Member for Bass

Brett Whiteley MP
Federal Member for Braddon

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014
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VETERANS AND VETERANS FAMILIES COUNSELLING SERVICE (VVCS) TO BE ENHANCED IN NORTHERN TASMANIA

Veterans living in Northern Tasmania will have access to enhanced services from the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

Member for Bass, Andrew Nikolic AM, CSC, MP and the Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley MP, have today announced enhancements to the provision of VVCS services in Northern Tasmania.

“Veterans and their families living across Northern Tasmania will soon have access to VVCS counselling services in new premises in Launceston.  Services will also be available from Devonport under new arrangements negotiated with the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Ronaldson”, Mr Nikolic said.

“As a veteran myself, I know how important dedicated veteran counselling services are to those  who have served their nation, as well as the help these services provide to their families.”

Federal Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley, said the enhanced services in Devonport would give greater flexibility to veterans and their families in the north west.

“In 2012-13, VVCS delivered over 1200 counselling sessions to over 200 clients in Northern Tasmania.  Most of these services were provided away from the VVCS office in Launceston and these new, more flexible counselling arrangements will enhance the assistance provided to local families.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, said VVCS has a proud record of supporting veterans, peacekeepers and their families across Tasmania.

“Funding for VVCS counselling services will be maintained and individual, couple and family counselling and referral services will continue to be available.  Further, outreach counsellor; group treatment and psycho-educational programmes; and case management will continue to be available. These changes will improve the overall levels of service to veterans and their families”, Senator Ronaldson said.

VVCS can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling, by calling 1800 011 046.

Media inquiries:      Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796

                                Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

 

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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