Useful links

Here you will find useful links in Australia, New Zealand and other countries:

Here you will find useful links in Australia, New Zealand and other countries:

PLEASE NOTE: These websites are external to Young Diggers. While we endeavour to make sure these links are accurate and appropriate, Young Diggers cannot take responsibility for the content of websites maintained by external providers. If a link is found to be inaccurate, outdated or inappropriate, please contact us.

Health and wellbeing

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service - VVCS free 24/7 counselling service for all serving and ex-serving personnel and their families

DVA At-Ease Mental Health service - Understanding and manageing mental health issues

Kids Helpline - Email and web counselling for children and young people aged between five and18 years

Beyond Blue - Information on anxiety and depression

Youthbeyondblue - The youth website of beyondblue: the national depression initiative. Focusing on depression, anxiety and substance use-related disorders, this site is aimed specifically at young people and provides information, tips, personal stories and links

Black Dog Institute - Information on depression (including during and after pregnancy) and Bipolar Disorder - specifically looking at causes, treatments, symptoms, getting help and current research findings

Sane Australia - Mental health-related information, links and online help for people affected by mental illness, their families and friends

Centre for Military and Veterans' Health - CMVH seeking solutions to health issues

Suicide Line - Information on why a person becomes suicidal, how to help someone who is suicidal, what to do in an emergency and how to cope with a death by suicide

Turning Point - Information about alcohol and drug substance use-related disorders and their management and an online interactive counselling service

Domestic Violence Helpline - Reach Out help with domestic violence issues. They can also help you by improving your understanding of the issues that relate to your mental health and wellbeing and providing information to better understand other people's experiences

Relationships Australia - Resources and advice for when gambling is a problem

National Child Protection Clearinghouse - NCPC provides crisis services for children, young people and parents

MensLine Australia - Information and support for men, especially around family breakdown or separation. This service provides anonymous telephone support, information and referral

Connect2Group - Connect2Group is a not-for-profit organisation providing whole-of-life (work, home & play) community connectedness and development of people with disabilities.

RAAMC -  We are a social network group in Victoria that represent 130 Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, current and ex service personnel.  Who has been posted to or has an interest in the RAAMC is more than welcome to attend our activities.

Drug Dangers - Drug Dangers provides veterans with information on a range of medications and medical devices that may have serious complications.

House Call Doctor – provides 100% bulk billed, after hours medical visits for Medicare and DVA card holders

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Department of Veterans' Affairs - DVA home page

Department of Veterans' Affairs - DVA fact sheets

Department of Veterans' Affairs - DVA special items, reports, reviews, studies

Minister for Veterans' Affairs - Email the Minister and voice your opinion about improving serving and ex-serving personnel entitlements

New Zealand Minister for Defence - Email the Minister and voice your opinion about improving serving and ex-serving personnel entitlements in New Zealand

Veterans' Affairs New Zealand - VANZ exists to meet government's obligation to veterans through the provision of policy advice to the government and service delivery to the veteran community

Ministry of Defence UK - MOD veterans UK website

New Zealand Defence Force - Home page

Defence Community Organisation - DCO provides a broad range of individual and program related services to the ADF community. These services aim to support ADF families to balance the demands of military service with personal and family commitments

Transition Support Services - Assisting ADF members and their families with moving forward

Training and Information Program - TIP provides training and information for welfare and pensions officers who are volunteers working within ESOs

Honours and Awards - The purpose of Defence honours and awards is to recognise the service of members of the Australian Defence Force

Australian War Memorial - Provides heaps of history and education information

Touchbase - DVA and Defence have launched a pilot program known as touchbase to support separating and former ADF members in accessing health and other information and resources

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Ex-service organisations (ESOs)

Defence Families of Australia (DFA)

Defence Force Welfare Association (DFWA)

Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (PVA)

TPI Federation

National Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL)

Returned and Services Association (RSA) New Zealand

Veterans Support and Advocacy Service Australia (VSASA)

Vietnam Veterans Federation of Australia (VVFA)

Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (VVAA)

Vietnam Veterans Association Sunshine Coast Sub-branch (VVAASC)

New Zealand Vietnam Veterans Organisations

Dryhootch - A place for United States veterans to reconnect

Royal Australian Regiment Association, South Australia (RARSA)

Injured Service Persons Association (ISPA) - Peacetime injuries

Officer Cadet School Portsea Alumni (OCS)

Mesothelioma for Veterans - Information for veterans exposed to asbestos

Twin Towns RSL Sub-Branch - Pensions and Advocacy at Tweed Heads/Coolangatta - contact Joe Russell, President at:

Australian Veterans Group Post 1975

Families After Trauma Foundation

RSL Care - Defence Community Forum - RSL Care has established a special Forum Website to share information and support open forums and blogs on specific topics

Your Defence - Supporting the families supporting our troops

Australian Peacekeeper and Peacemaker Veterans' Association (APPVA)

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Other organisations

Trans-Civ Group - Transition to civilian life with ease - Helping defence members and their families around Australia to find and secure their next career

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Veterans retreats

Cockscomb Veterans Bush Retreat - Set in the hills on the southern side of Mt Wheeler. Road access via two-wheel drive and only 30 minutes from Rockhampton.

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