injuries and recovery

As a former member of the ADF, you my be eligible to access a number of support services specifically designed for the veteran community.

  1. The DVA Rehabilitation program can develop a rehabilitation plan tailored to suit your physical needs*.
  2. The DVA exercise physiology service* provides an individualised exercise program that addresses your condition.
  3. The ADF post-discharge GP health assessment identifies the early onset of any physical or mental health conditions you may be experiencing, and provides treatment or refers you to other services.

*Eligibility for the programs is dependent on having an accepted claim for specified conditions with DVA. If you have been medically discharged or have a service-related injury, claim early through Myservice. The earlier you submit your claim, the sooner you can access dedicated programs for veterans.

You aren’t defined by your injuries

Physical injuries can limit what you do in your day-to-day life, but they also have a psychological impact on how you think about yourself.

In fact, how you think of yourself with an injury may limit you more than the injury itself.

If you have a physical injury, it’s important that you don’t let it define who you are.

Finding exercises that you can do during recovery, rather than dwelling on exercises that you can’t do, will help you stay focused. Set yourself short-term activity or exercise-related goals. These short-term goals can be the steppingstones to long-term goals. Speak to health professional about developing a plan for physical activity.

Roy's story...

Roy was pretty devastated when medically discharged 18 months after joining the Army with osteoarthritis in his feet.

'Due to my injury I can’t do things that other 29 year old dads can; so running and kicking a ball at the park are out of the picture. Instead we do other activities together that put as little pressure on my feet as possible like swimming, going to the movies, four wheel driving and camping'.

Read Roy's full story here.

To find health providers in your community for treatment and recovery of your injury, visit https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/australian-health-services.