DVA courses and programs

DVA Train is the central training hub for the Department of Veteran Affairs, providing a range of training courses to support your work with veterans.


PTSD-Psychological Interventions Program

PTSD – Psychological Interventions Program is a free eLearning program for mental health clinicians.  The program helps providers better understand the preferred treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, through a combination of case studies, active learning activities and video demonstrations.  The program contains audio and video throughout to demonstrate important points or therapy techniques, self-assessment activities to test the learner knowledge and, references and links throughout so the learner can access relevant research and online resources.

The full program will take 4-6 hours to complete, but users have the ability to tailor their experience, focusing on aspects that they are most interested in.  Upon successful completion, users will be able to print a certificate that can be used to claim Professional Development Hours.

Understanding the Military Experience

Understanding the Military Experience is a free eLearning program for mental health clinicians.  The 2 hour program helps providers better understand the context in which their veteran patients are presenting and the long-term effects that military service can have on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans of all ages.  Understanding the Military Experience demonstrates that it is not only combat exposure that has the potential to affect veterans for the rest of their lives, but that military training and culture continues to shape their behaviour years after they leave the military.

The aim of this program is to assist providers to offer more relevant and effective care for their veteran patients. 

Case Formulation

Case Formulation assists front line therapists to make better sense of complexity, and design and plan treatment in collaboration with their patient. This eLearning program assists clinicians to identify and focus on the presenting problems that are likely to have the most impact on recovery and help set priorities for treatment. Users will learn about the case formulation approach, and have the opportunity to hear from experts, watch demonstrations of case formulation, and then practice case formulation based on veteran case studies.  The program is free and can be used for continuous professional development.


A veteran mental health eLearning program designed specifically for nurses, nursing support personnel, ex-Service volunteers and other providers who assist veterans and their families in the home. This program has been endorsed by the Royal College of Nursing Australia and offers 10 Continuing Professional Development points.

Working with Veterans with Mental Health Problems

This 1-hour eLearning program assists GPs to better understand common veteran mental health conditions, how military service can affect the mental health of serving and ex-serving personnel and referral pathways for DVA clients.  The program was developed in partnership with Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and is hosted on the RACGP’s gplearning system.  The program is free to RACGP members with a current login. 

Non-members can purchase an annual subscription to gplearning.  Participants will accrue CPD points upon completion.

GPs can access gplearning here.

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