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The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Human Services
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

29 October 2015

Improved access to counselling services for Sydney’s veterans

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Stuart Robert today officially opened new Sydney CBD premises for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) in Centennial Plaza.

“The Government is improving access to VVCS counselling and support services as part of the commitment we made in our Mental and Social Health Action Plan 2015–2016 to deliver quality mental health care to veterans,” Mr Robert said.

“VVCS’s new office in Sydney’s CBD is close to public transport as well as to several Australian Defence Force (ADF) bases, which will make it easier for more people to attend counselling sessions.”

“Face-to-face counselling is available at four locations in Sydney, including the main CBD office. VVCS also has premises in Parramatta, Liverpool and on the Northern Beaches.”

VVCS is an Australian Government service for eligible veterans and current ADF personnel and their family members. It provides free and confidential counselling and support for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and anger.

“I would encourage veterans to seek help early if they are worried about how they are feeling or coping, as we know that the earlier mental health conditions are treated, the better the recovery outcomes are likely to be,” Mr Robert said.

The Government, through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will pay for the treatment of a range of mental health conditions, regardless of whether or not they are service related, including PTSD, depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance use disorders.

VVCS services include face-to-face counselling, phone counselling, group programmes and a crisis assistance service, which provides short-term crisis accommodation for eligible veterans.

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

Information about its services and locations across Australia is available on the VVCS website.

Media enquiries:
Richard Briedis (Minister Robert): 0477 391 174
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS)
can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling.
Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546)