Positive mental health related measures Mental health treatment for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force — improved access

The Government will provide $37.9 million over four years from 2016-17 to extend access to certain mental health services on a non-liability basis to all current and former permanent Australian Defence Force (ADF) members irrespective of their date, duration or type of service. Eligible services will include treatment for post-traumatic stress and depressive disorders. Current and former ADF members, including victims of abuse in the ADF, will be able to apply for treatment without needing to obtain a formal diagnosis beforehand.

We welcome this new funding, as well as the fact that no formal diagnosis will be required. It will be important to ensure these services are appropriately integrated, including with services commissioned by PHNs. 

 

Support services for children of veterans

The Government will provide $2.1 million over two years from 2016-17 to the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation to provide services to the children of current and former ADF members who have been affected by mental illness.

We welcome this new funding to a Mental Health Australia member. It will be important to ensure these services are appropriately integrated, including with services commissioned by PHNs. 

 

Veteran suicide awareness and prevention programs — continuation of Operation Life

The Government will provide $1 million over four years from 2016-17 to continue the Operation Life suicide awareness and prevention workshops for the veteran community. These workshops increase awareness of suicide risk and…



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