VVCS - a service founded by Vietnam veteransGroup programs

What are VVCS group programs?

VVCS group programs aim to improve the quality of life of veterans and their families and complement counselling and other services that promote recovery through prevention, early intervention, and treatment.

All group programs are provided at no cost to eligible participants.

VVCS Group programs can: 

VVCS offers programs specifically for partners.

Program structure and availability

The content and duration of group programs may vary and be delivered in different formats (1/2 day, 1-day, 2-days or 2-3 hour sessions over a period of weeks).  Short programs generally have larger numbers and cover information and awareness about the topic, whereas, longer programs have smaller numbers and give participants the opportunity to learn and practice new skills with the support of other group members.

Every effort is made to ensure advertised groups are run, however, a minimum number of participants are needed to make the group viable.  We encourage you to let other veterans, peacekeepers and their families know about VVCS programs.

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How do I register for a program?

To register by phone

Contact VVCS by calling 1800 011 046.

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What dates are programs available?

You can view available program dates by State/Territory:

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About the Programs

Groups are an important part of VVCS services. Veterans and veterans families who have attended VVCS programs tell us that being part of a group helps them realise that their experiences are often shared by others. Participants say they have learnt valuable skills which have assisted with the management of their symptoms and that sometimes groups can be a good way into counselling to continue the process one:one. People may also attend groups at the same time as counselling to practice the skills in a group environment of likeminded people. Another important benefit of group interventions is the element of social connection. Participants meet to learn about and discuss important health issues in a supportive and encouraging environment. Many new connections are made in groups with participants often maintaining contact after groups such as establishing self help or social groups themselves.


Doing Anger Differently 

If you have concerns about your anger and the impact this is having on those close to you then this program may be for you.

The program will help you to recognise and manage your angry feelings and prevent aggressive behaviour.  You will learn strategies to help you take responsibility for your anger and act in more appropriate ways.

Program structure

The full program consists of 11 x 2hr weekly sessions.

For greater access to the program, a two day version of the program is also available.

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Mastering Anxiety

If you would like to better understand the nature of anxiety and factors that maintain it, then this program may be for you.

This program will explore various relaxation methods and helps to develop more effective coping strategies.

Program structure

Program structure and content may vary between location and course depending on participant eligibility.

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Beating The Blues

This program will provide participants with an understanding of the nature of depression and anxiety and develop skills and techniques to manage symptoms more effectively.

The program focuses on developing an increased sense of wellbeing, purpose and resilience.

Program structure

Program structure and content may vary between location and course depending on participant eligibility.

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Sleeping Better

Having trouble sleeping?  Is this affecting your quality of life and impacting on your relationships?

Learn to sleep better by participating in this program!

Program structure

Program structure and content may vary between location and course depending on participant eligibility.

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Building Better Relationships

Loving relationships can at times be taken for granted leaving a feeling of something missing.  This program is designed for emotionally committed couples who want that something back.

The program aims to improve the quality of relationships through development of skills to strengthen emotional ties; develop greater mutual appreciation; communicate more effectively and share goals for the future.

Program structure

Program structure and content may vary between location and course depending on participant eligibility.

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Changing The Mix

Are you considering a healthier lifestyle and want to know more about the effects of unhealthy drinking?

The alcohol management program will assist you to make informed choices about alcohol consumption and learn strategies to support safe levels of alcohol use.

Program structure

Program structure and content may vary between location and course depending on participant eligibility.

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Partners' Programs

VVCS offers program designed specifically for veterans’ partners.  Program availability depends on local demand.

Residential Lifestyle Program

This program is designed for veterans and partners who are wanting to improve their wellbeing and enhance their relationship.

The program provide a unique opportunity to improve your quality of life by learning a range of skills and strategies in communication, stress management, relationship building and problem solving and goal setting.

Program structure

Full program held over five consecutive days.  Modified program held over two weekends.

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F-111 Residential Lifestyle Program

The F-111 Residential Lifestyle Programs are designed for SHOAMP Health Care Scheme participants and their partners. They are residential programs designed to provide participants and their partners with opportunities to meet others who may have experienced similar effects resulting from exposure to chemicals used in the deseal/reseal work.

The Lifestyle programs provide a combination of information and skills building sessions covering a multitude of topics including relationships, communication, anger management, self esteem and stress management.

The Residential Lifestyle Programs will be held in locations around Australia according to demand. More details are provided on the F-111 web site.

A range of other VVCS programs are available to F-111 deseal/reseal and fuel tank maintenance workers and their families.

Details on F-111 group programs will be kept updated on the F-111 website and this website.

If you are interested in participating in any of the VVCS group programs, please contact VVCS on 1800 011 046.

Program structure

The F-111 program is held over four days.

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Upcoming Program Dates and Locations

All dates are for 2014 unless otherwise noted.

New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Sleeping Better 17 February Miranda ½ day workshop
22 May Richmond 1 day workshop
28 May & 4 June Jamberoo (Illawarra) 2 day workshop
Stepping Out 25-26 February Parramatta 2 day workshop
26-27 March Parramatta 2 day workshop
5-6 May Canberra 2 day workshop
21-22 July Maitland 2 day workshop
29-30 July Parramatta 2 day workshop
15-16 September Nowra 2 day workshop
17-18 November Canberra 2 day workshop
26-27 November Parramatta 2 day workshop
Mastering Anxiety 7-8 April DVA Sydney 2 day workshop
8 & 15 April

Gosford

2 week workshop
Pain Management 18, 20, 25, 27 March Newcastle 4 session program
4 & 8 August Wagga Wagga 2 day workshop
13 & 14 November Kangaroo Valley 2 day workshop
Operation Life Safetalk 19 March Mudgee ½ day workshop
Hope in Grief 31 March & 1 April Sydney 2 day workshop
Doing Anger Differently 16 & 17 April Sydney 2 day workshop
Residential Lifestyle 5 - 9 May Port Stephens 5 day program
16 - 20 June Yamba 5 day program
27 - 31 October Batesmans Bay 5 day program
Beating the Blues 8 May - 26 June Canberra 8 week program
24 July - 11 September Newcastle 8 week program
5 & 6 November Wagga Wagga 2 day workshop
Communication & Conflict Resolution

22 & 23 May

Nowra 2 day workshop
11 & 12 September Canberra 2 day workshop

16 & 17 October

Newcastle 2 day workshop

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Northern Territory 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Stepping Out 12 & 13 March

Parap

2 day workshop

2 & 3 June

Parap

2 day workshop

14 & 15 October

Parap

2 day workshop

Doing Anger Differently 1 & 2 April

Parap

2 day workshop

19 & 20 August

Parap

2 day workshop

Pain Management 13 & 14 May Palmerston

2 day workshop

18 & 19 November

Parap

2 day workshop

Mastering Anxiety 16 & 17 June Palmerston

2 day workshop

Beating the Blues 10 & 11 September Palmerston

2 day workshop

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Queensland - North 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Mastering Anxiety 5, 12, 19, 26 March Townsville 4 week program
5 & 6 August Cairns 2 day workshop
6, 13, 20, 27 August Townsville 4 week program
Stepping Out 28 April Townsville 2 day workshop
10 & 11 March Townsville 1 day workshop
28 April19 & 20 May Townsville 2 day workshop
23 june Cairns 1 day workshop
4 August Townsville 1 day workshop
27 & 28 August Cairns 2 day workshop
16 & 17 September Townsville 2 day workshop
12 & 13 November Townsville 2 day workshop
Residential Lifestyle 24 March - 28 March Magnetic Island 5 day workshop
13 - 17 October Magnetic Island 5 day workshop
Doing Anger Differently 29 April Cairns 1 day workshop
7, 14, 21, 28 May Townsville 4 week program
7 & 8 October Cairns 2 day workshop
8, 15, 22, 29 October Townsville 4 week program
Building Better Relationships 1 & 2 May Townsville 2 day workshop
20 & 21 October Townsville 2 day workshop
Pain Management 2 & 3 June Townsville 2 day workshop
2 & 3 June Cairns 2 day workshop
29 & 30 July Townsville 2 day workshop
Operation Life - ASIST 10 & 11 June Townsville 2 day workshop
12 & 13 June Cairns 2 day workshop
Operation Life - ASIST tune-up 8 & 9 September Townsville 2 day workshop
10 & 11 September Cairns 2 day workshop

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Queensland - Southern 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Mastering Anxiety 3, 10, 17, 24 February Maroochydore 4 week program
15, 22, 29 July & 5 August Toowoomba 4 week program
17, 24, 31 July & 7 August Tweed Heads 4 week program
29 July & 5, 12, 19 August Ipswich 4 week program
Doing Anger Differently 20 & 21 February Brisbane 2 day workshop
26 & 27 June Brisbane 2 day workshop
17 & 18 July Brisbane 2 day workshop
18 & 19 september Brisbane 2 day workshop
6 & 7 November Brisbane 2 day workshop
Building Better Relationships 11, 18, 25 March & 1 April Redcliffe 4 week program
20 & 27 August
3 September
Brisbane 3 week program
1, 8, 15 September Toowoomba 3 week program
Beating the Blues 12, 19, 26 March & 2 April Cleveland 4 week program
2, 9, 16, 23 June Brisbane 4 week program
4, 11, 18, 25 August Southport 4 week program
7, 14, 21, 28 October Maroochydore 4 week program
Sleeping Better 14, 21, 28 March Brisbane 3 week program
21, 28 May & 4 June Tweed Heads 3 week program
13, 20, 17 October Redcliffe 3 week program
Residential Lifestyle - Veterans & Partners 31 March - 4 April Gold Coast 5 day program
2 - 6 June Noosa 5 day program
24 - 29 November Gold Coast 6 day program
Communication & Conflict Resolution 23, 30 April & 7 May Ipswich 3 week program
12, 19, 26 June Logan 3 week program
9, 16, 23 September Bundaberg 3 week program
4, 11, 18 November Southport 3 week program
Pain Management 15 & 22 May Brisbane 2 week program
Residential Lifestyle - Contemporary Veterans & Partners 7 - 10 March & 4 - 6 April Noosa 2 weekend program
16 - 19 May & 13 - 15 June Twin Waters 2 weekend program
1 - 4 August & 29 - 31 August Noosa 2 weekend program
12 - 15  September & 10 - 12 October Twin Waters 2 weekend program
Stepping Out 8 & 9 May Brisbane 2 day program
14 & 15 August Brisbane 2 day program
28 & 29 August Ipswich 2 day program
16 & 17 October Brisbane 2 day program

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South Australia 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Mastering Anxiety 3 & 4 April Adelaide 2 day workshop
Sleeping Better 7 & 8 May Adelaide 2 day workshop
Doing Anger Differently 13 & 14 May Adelaide 2 day workshop
Stepping Out 2 & 3 June Adelaide 2 day workshop

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Tasmania 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Building Better Relationships 18  - 20 February Hobart 3 day workshop
Doing Anger Differently 7 & 8 April Launceston 2 day workshop
10 & 11 April Hobart 2 day workshop
Beating the Blues 3, 7, 14, 21, 28 May Hobart 1 day and 5 sessions
2 & 3 June Ulverstone 2 day workshop
Hope in Grief 29 & 30 May Launceston 2 day workshop
24 & 31 July Hobart 2 day workshop
Operation Life - ASIST 17 & 18 June Launceston 2 day workshop
Operation Life - Safetalk 19 June Hobart ½ day workshop
Stepping Out 4 & 5 September Hobart 2 day workshop
Residential Lifestyle 19 - 24 October East Coast 5 day workshop
Pain Management 30 October & 6 November Hobart 2 day workshop
13 & 14 November Ulverstone 2 day workshop

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Victoria 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Building Better Relationships 13 & 14 March Mornington 2 day workshop
19 & 20 June Ballarat 2 day workshop
9, 11, 16, 18 September Melbourne 4 session program
Pain Management 19 & 20 March Geelong 2 day workshop
29 & 30 May Melbourne 2 day workshop
20 & 21 August Warburton 2 day workshop
27 & 28 October Shepparton 2 day workshop
17 & 18 November Bendigo 2 day workshop
Beating the Blues 20 & 21 March Morwell 2 day workshop
31 July & 1 August Mildura 2 day workshop
18 & 19 August Warrnambool 2 day workshop
23 & 24 October Werribee 2 day workshop
Operation Life ASIST 24 & 25 March Warburton 2 day workshop
Doing Anger Differently 1 & 2 April Wodonga 2 day workshop
1 & 2 May Melton 2 day workshop
14 & 15 August Melbourne 2 day workshop
15 & 16 September Bairnsdale 2 day workshop
Mastering Anxiety 28 & 29 April Melbourne 2 day workshop
20 & 21 May Frankston 2 day workshop
21, 24, 28 & 31 July Wodonga 4 session program
20 & 21 October Echuca 2 day workshop
Sleeping Better 8 & 9 May Swan Hill 2 day workshop
17 & 18 July Wangaratta 2 day workshop
11 & 12 August Knox 2 day workshop
Residential Lifestyle - Contemporary Veterans & Partners 16, 17, 18 May & 6, 7, 8 June Flowerdale 2 weekend program
Residential Lifestyle - Veterans & Partners 24 - 29 August Flowerdale 6 day workshop
23 - 28 November Flowerdale 6 day workshop
Communication & Conflict Resolution 26 & 27 May Bendigo 2 day workshop
15, 17, 22 & 24 July Geelong 4 session program
16 & 17 October Dandenong 2 day workshop
Stepping Out - ADF Transition 16 & 17 June Melbourne 2 day workshop
22 & 23 July Wodonga 2 day workshop
6 & 7 November Melbourne 2 day workshop
Partner's Stress Management - Partners of Veterans 29 & 30 March Seymour 2 day workshop
29 & 30 July Wodonga 2 day workshop
Partner's Stress Management - Partners of Veterans - Evening Program 29 April
1, 6 & 8 May
Watsonia 6pm - 9pm
29 & 31 July
5 & 7 August
Frankston 6pm - 9pm
2, 4, 9 & 11 September Point Cook 6pm - 9pm

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Western Australia 2014

Program dates and locations
  Program   Date   Location   Structure
Doing Anger Differently - Men's Group 4, 11, 18, 25 February & 4 March Applecross 5 week program
Doing Anger Differently - Women's Group 30 May - 27 June Applecross 4 week program
Stepping Out 12 & 13 February Applecross 2 day workshop
7 & 8 May Applecross 2 day workshop
Building Better Relationships 6, 7, 20, 21 March Applecross 4 session program
Mastering Anxiety 18 & 25 March 2 day workshop
22 & 29 March 2 day workshop
30 April - 4 June 6 week program
Communication & Conflict Resolution 3 & 4 April Applecross 2 day workshop
Hope in Grief 10 & 11 April Applecross 2 day workshop
Sleeping better 2, 9, 16, 23 May Applecross 4 week program
Residential Lifestyle TBA TBA 5 day program
Pain Management TBA TBA 2 day workshop
Operation Life TBA TBA

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