“As a community, we’ve started to turn our thoughts towards veterans who die by suicide. But who is paying attention to the silent distress of military families?” Psychologist Dr Gail MacDonell is an expert on the mental health of military partners. She is executive director of the Australian Families of the Military Research and Support […]

This SMH article by David Wroe 13 May 2017 is a must read coverage of the fight against military suicide ……”Amid soaring concern about veteran suicide and rising dissatisfaction and criticism – some of it fair, some likely less so – of the Department of Veterans Affairs, thriving communities of veterans are self-organising online.” “As […]

…..”When we send people to war, we ask a select group of mostly young Australians to prepare themselves to kill or die to defend the nation. That is at the heart of the challenge of military mental health and suicide. The sense of responsibility, the comradeship, the tough internal culture, the mental preparedness, not to […]

The Australian Veterans Alliance have had one of their member groups working on tax issues that impact our most injured Veterans incapacity benefit’s under DFRDB and MSBS. They have asked the question of the ATO as to why compensatory payments in the form of Invalidity Benefits paid to Injured members of the ADF post discharge, […]

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said improvements to an online resource for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would better help them manage stress. Mr Tehan said the High Res website had been updated following user feedback to make it easier to use. “The High Res website is a valuable […]

The Australian Malarial Institute has conducted questionable trials into both mefloquine and tafenoquine with recorded adverse consequences to many who have taken them. READ MORE

         IT was never the intention of those who envisaged a dedicated system to care for Australia’s war veterans that those veterans would have to fight tooth and nail for benefits. It quickly became very obvious during World War I that our young and emerging nation would need to care for thousands […]

The Government today received the National Mental Health Commission’s (NMHC) review of suicide and self-harm services for veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Dan Tehan and Minister for Health Greg Hunt acknowledged receipt of the review. “The Government has a responsibility to the men and […]

Last year the Government said it sought to relieve the concerns of many in the ADF and ex-service community of the anti-malarial drug, Mefloquine. Their ability to deliver on this has been underwhelming. READ MORE

Here is DVA’s advice regarding after-hours care in Darwin for veterans experiencing an acute mental health crisis.   “The most appropriate response in a mental health emergency or acute crisis situation, irrespective of location, is for the individual to be admitted to the emergency department of their closest public hospital. In Darwin, this would be […]