Veterans and their families can access health and wellbeing, employment and education support from the following organisations.
RSL DefenceCare is a charity and not-for-profit organisation helping Australian veterans and their families in times of injury, illness or crisis.
RSL DefenceCare provides vital support services for veterans and their families, such as:
- assistance with DVA claims
- advocacy for veterans appealing a decision from DVA
- financial assistance, counselling, community support and referrals
All services are free of charge and are available to any current and ex-serving member of the ADF and their close family members.
Phone: (02) 8088 0388
RSL Active is a program from RSL Victoria, supported by the Victorian State Government, providing a range of events and activities for the younger veteran community.
RSL provides a way to connect with other veterans and develop social networks, share ideas, tell stories, enhance support circles, and improve physical and mental health.
Activities are generally free or low cost to attend, open to veterans of all ages, and you don’t need to be a member of the RSL to participate.
There are regular RSL Active events held through RSL Sub-Branches around Victoria.
The Road Home
The Road Home raises awareness and funds to support health and wellbeing research and programs into conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress for the nation’s veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.
Among other programs, The Road Home runs The Invictus Pathways Program.
The Invictus Pathways Program provides struggling veterans with something to work towards and a purpose to give them direction, aid in their mental health and encourage them to be active and participate within society.
Mates4Mates provides support to veterans who are wounded, injured or ill, and their families, across Australia. Mates4Mates assists with physical and psychological rehabilitation as well as employment, education and social connection activities.
Soldier On work side by side with service personnel and their families to strengthen resilience and develop meaningful connections with family members, mates, and the local community through a diverse range of health and wellbeing services, employment opportunities, learning and education programs, and participation in community, social, and sporting activities.