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Health providers' participation in Veterans' Health Week 2019

Two ladies in business attire having an informal discussion.Friday, 31 May 2019 — Veteran Health Week (VHW) is held each year to promote good health and wellbeing in the veteran and ex-service community. It is an opportunity for health providers to engage positively with the men and women who have served in the Australian Defence Force, and their families.

In 2019, VHW will be held from Saturday, 26 October to Sunday, 3 November.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) provides limited funding to ex-service organisations and community groups with established links to the veteran community to run relevant, local events that encourage veterans and their families to take care of their health.

This year the focus is on the importance of mental wellness. Events can be either funded or registered (unfunded). 

Partner with community group

Although health care professionals or DVA-contracted providers cannot apply directly for VHW funding or register an event in their own right, you are encouraged to partner with ex-service organisations (ESOs) and other community groups in your area to develop and deliver events.

VHW applications close on 12 July 2019.

Last year the focus was on nutrition, and health providers participated in a range of ways, such as delivering health information talks, conducting supermarket tours and cooking demonstrations.

DVA is developing a range of resources based on the mental wellness theme that can be used by event organisers and health providers during VHW 2019.

Next steps

  • Access the VHW Funding & Registration Guidelines and VHW Event Guide on VHW.
  • Contact your local ESOs and community organisations to discuss VHW and whether they would like to partner with your service to run an event.
  • Also, each state and territory has a DVA VHW Coordinator who can provide information about VHW. Contact details are listed on VHW.

Further information

Subscribe to DVA Provider News for updates on DVA health arrangements.


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