Veterans’ Health Week

Ed, 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.