Videos

These videos delve into a range of issues that can be experienced by veterans.

 

ADF post-discharge GP Health Assessment

Everybody who has served a day in the ADF is entitled to a full health assessment by a GP.

The post-discharge GP Health Assessment is paid for by the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

You can have the assessment at any time after you have left the ADF.

Loneliness

Loneliness is not the same as being alone.

You can be alone without feeling lonely. On the other hand, you can be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel alone.

Learn the difference, and how you can deal with loneliness.

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.

If you have issues with relationships, help is available.

Violence

Some people get violent when they get angry, need to feel in control, feel betrayed or feel afraid.

But violence is never acceptable.

If you think you might have a problem with violence, taking responsibility for your actions is the first step.

Anger

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.

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, and you're troubled by memories, you might deliberately try to block it out and force yourself to think of something else.

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.

Deployment can also change the serving member. So what should you do if a 'different person' comes home?

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 live normally, it's time to take action.

Helping your family

If you are suffering domestic abuse, get help.

If you need urgent support, 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 needing help.