Veterans’ Health Week to focus on social connection

The theme for Veterans’ Health Week 2020 is social connection.

8 September 2020

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Social connection is one of the most important contributors to a person’s emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, and is even more important this year as we face barriers to the types of connection that we’ve always relied on.  

DVA is encouraging the veteran community to reach out to those who are feeling or becoming isolated. So it’s time to get creative and create new opportunities to connect, either in person or virtually over the phone or internet.

Veterans’ Health Week will be held from Saturday 24 October to Sunday 1 November 2020. Events can also be held during the week before and three weeks after these dates.  

For information about how to apply, please see the DVA webpage: dva.gov.au/vhw.     

COVID-19 restrictions

With restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all organisations are asked to consider the advice from your local state and territory health department about what restrictions apply for people getting together where you live. 

We are looking for innovative events to be held this year, and your local DVA community support adviser may be able to provide ideas and inspiration. DVA will not be able to support activities this year that require people to gather in close proximity, like bus trips or boat trips.

For more information, contact DVA:

  • 1800 VETERAN  (1800 838 372) 
  • Email: vhw [at] dva.gov.au
  • To contact your local Community Support adviser: dva.gov.au/vhw