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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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21 October 2016

Letter to the Editor - Veterans’ Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week (22–30 October) is an opportunity for Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel, veterans, war widows, and their families to be pro-active about their physical and mental health.

This year’s Veterans’ Health Week is set to be the biggest ever, with 14,000 members of the veteran and defence communities taking part in more than 300 activities around Australia with a focus on social connection.

Having a strong social network and being connected to a community can help veterans.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) has a range of programs that promote health and wellbeing.

These initiatives provide access and support to current and former members and their families who may be experiencing mental health issues and can be accessed through the DVA website www.dva.gov.au or the At-Ease portal www.at-ease.dva.gov.au.”

The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free and confidential specialist counselling and support services for ex-service personnel and their families on 1800 011 046.

Media enquiries:

Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
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 confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.