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The Hon Dan Tehan MP
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20 May 2017

Minister addresses RSL Tasmania Annual State Congress

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today said current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) living in Tasmania would benefit from the Government’s additional investment in mental health services.

Mr Tehan told the RSL Tasmania Annual State Congress in Launceston the Government had provided an additional $350 million funding in this year’s Budget to support the men and women who defend our nation.

Mr Tehan said the Government would pay for the treatment of all mental health conditions for any Tasmanian who had served one day in the full-time ADF under a $33.5 million expansion of the non-liability healthcare program.

The Government had also provided $8.5 million so partners and children of our contemporary veterans, who have had at least one day of full-time service, will now have access to the services and support provided by the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS).

Additional funding of $166.6 million would be invested to modernise the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ (DVA) business processes and antiquated ICT systems to improve access to DVA services and process claims faster.

“We honour the service and sacrifice of every Australian who has served in defence of the nation by responding to the mental health needs of our veterans and providing support that will help them achieve a fulfilling post-service life,” Mr Tehan said.

“If anyone who has served just one day in the full-time ADF needs treatment for any mental health condition, the Government will pay for it.

“We need the support of organisations like the Tasmanian RSL, and the Tasmanian community, to get the message out to all current and former members of the ADF: if you think you need help, or someone you know needs help, please ask for it.”

For more information call 133 254 (metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers), email NLHC@dva.gov.au or visit www.dva.gov.au/nlhc. If anyone needs immediate help, they can phone VVCS at any time 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.