Free mental health

If you have served one full day in the ADF, you are eligible for a range of professional care services. You can access mental health support and treatment through DVA, Open Arms or a GP.

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Health treatment for eligible veterans

If you are an eligible veteran, DVA can pay for the treatment of any mental health condition. The mental health condition doesn't need to be related to your service.

This is known as non-liability health care. It is available to anyone who has served as a permanent member of the ADF.

For DVA to pay for your mental health treatment, you will need to show a white card when you visit a mental health professional.

If you don't have a white card, you can apply for one through MyService. If you already have a white card, apply to add mental health treatments to your white card through MyService.

More information is available about non-liability health care or call DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254.

Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS)

Open Arms - Veterans & Families Counselling (formerly VVCS) offers free and confidential counselling to anyone who has served in the ADF, as well as their families.

Open Arms offers a range of services to suit your mental health and wellbeing needs, either individually or as part of a group..

Visit Open Arms or call 1800 011 046 to learn more.

Visit your GP

Everyone who as served a day in the ADF is entitled to an ADF post-discharge GP health assessment. The cost of the assessment will be covered by DVA and helps your GP identify early mental or physical health conditions. More information is available about the ADF post-discharge GP health assessment.

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