Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to aid abused ADF vets

Geraldton Guardian - - Opinion - Dan Te­han Min­is­ter for Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs

This Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to sup­port­ing cur­rent and for­mer mem­bers of the Aus­tralian De­fence Force who may have been phys­i­cally or sex­u­ally abused.

The De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs has in­tro­duced mea­sures to make it eas­ier for those af­fected to ac­cess com­pen­sa­tion and to re­ceive the men­tal health sup­port they need.

The de­part­ment has broad­ened the ac­cep­tance of statu­tory dec­la­ra­tions as part of com­pen­sa­tion claims.

This change will ben­e­fit those who may not have re­ported abuse at the time it oc­curred or who have never pre­vi­ously spo­ken about it.

A ded­i­cated team has also been es­tab­lished to man­age all new claims.

Treat­ment for all men­tal health con­di­tions is now free for any­one who has served just one day in the full-time ADF.

The Vet­er­ans and Vet­er­ans’ Fam­i­lies Coun­selling Ser­vice also pro­vides spe­cial­ist free coun­selling and group pro­grams. This ser­vice is avail­able by phon­ing 1800 011 046, or via

I en­cour­age any­one who may have suf­fered abuse in the ADF to con­tact DVA to ac­cess the sup­port and ben­e­fits the de­part­ment pro­vides. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found on DVA’s web­site or by call­ing 1800 555 254.

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