As we mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, we have an obligation to not forget the trauma our veterans and their families have experienced as a consequence of war. We also have a duty to continue to look for a greater range of effective ways to help those who are negatively impacted by their military service now and into the future.
We have come a long way since World War I in our treatments for veterans. Thankfully, we now have treatments that work, although we are still working to improve their effectiveness for everyone. Over more recent years, increasing amounts of effort have been directed to support veterans with mental health concerns, and initiatives like the Centenary of Anzac Centre hope to continue the hard work of those before.
The Centenary of Anzac Centre is an initiative of Phoenix Australia, funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. For those working in the field of veteran mental health, visit the Centenary of Anzac Centre website – anzaccentre.org.au – to find out more about its Treatment Research Collaboration and Practitioner Support Service. The Practitioner Support Service is a free, nation-wide service providing expert multidisciplinary support and guidance to health practitioners, support organisations, and others working with Australian veterans with mental health problems.
For veterans experiencing mental health problems and who are not receiving care, talk to your GP. Alternatively, services that can provide support include Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling (free call 1800 011 046). Valuable information can also be found at at-ease.dva.gov.au