Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Services
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides counselling and group programs to Australian veterans, peacekeepers and their families. It is a specialised, free and confidential Australia-wide service.
VVCS staff are qualified psychologists or social workers with experience in working with veterans, peacekeepers and their families. They can provide a wide range of treatments and programs for war and service-related mental health conditions including post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The VVCS can help with issues such as stress, relationships, family problems and other lifestyle issues as well as emotional or psychological issues associated with your military service.
Who can use this service?
The following people can use VVCS:
- Australian veterans of all conflicts and peace operations
- Partners and dependent children (under 26 years of age) of veterans with issues arising from the veteran’s service
- War widows and widowers
- Ex-partners of Vietnam veterans, within five years of separation
- Sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans, regardless of age, with issues relating to their parent’s operational or warlike service
- All participants in the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS) as defined under the VEA PartVI Section 115A.
- Ex-ADF personnel with a mental health condition as a DVA-accepted disability and their dependent family members where the issue is related to the disability
- Current serving members of the ADF who have been formally referred by the ADF under the 2008 Agreement for Services.
Please note: a Department of Veterans Affairs entitlement is not required to access this service.
What is needed to use this service?
Veterans, peacekeepers and their families can refer themselves to VVCS.
Other current serving ADF members can request a formal referral from the ADF.
When you first contact VVCS an initial interview is undertaken to ascertain eligibility and to determine the services required.