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  • Feelings are much like waves, we can’t stop them from coming but we can choose which ones to surf.
    ~Jonaton Martensson
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ADF Post-discharge GP Health Assessment

Your health is everything and it’s important to stay on top of it. Being at your best and enjoying a longer, healthier and happier life means taking action. After you have left the Australian Defence Force (ADF), you can access

Access to treatment

DVA can pay for treatment for any mental health condition without the need for the condition to be accepted as related to service. This is known as non-liability health care. Non-liability health care is available to anyone who has served


Loneliness is not the same as being alone – we can be alone without feeling lonely, and on the other hand we can be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel lonely. If we feel lonely it is probably

Relationship issues

Maybe you’ve pulled away from your friends or family, and you’re not talking to them as much, or you’re avoiding events where you’d usually catch up. Or maybe you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with the people around you,


Some people get violent when they get angry, need to feel in control, feel betrayed or feel afraid. But violence is never acceptable. The good news if you think you might have a problem with violence is that you can


We all get angry sometimes; it's part of being human. But if anger is expressed in ways that are harmful to ourselves or someone else, or persists for a long time, it can become a problem. Do I have a

Troubled by memories

After a distressing or traumatic experience, it’s normal to go over and over what happened and even to have dreams about it. If it gets too much, we might deliberately try to block it out and force ourselves to think

Feeling down

It’s normal to feel sad or ‘blue’ from time to time. However, when these feelings of sadness are so intense or stick around for a such a long time that it's hard for you to work, socialise, or take care

When a 'different person' comes home

When a serving member is deployed overseas (or is away for long periods during training) the whole family can be affected. Family members left behind have to deal with missing the serving member, worrying about his or her safety and

Helping your family

If you need urgent help, call 000 or the national domestic violence hotline on 1800 200 526. For family members of serving Defence members Defence Families Australia provides information, advocacy and advice to Defence families. A range of services for