Veteran health boost as Fussell House opens in NSW
Veterans and their families will have improved access to health care with the opening of Fussell House at Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Sydney on 18 June.
The 19-room residential accommodation facility is available to current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families as they access comprehensive mental and physical health services at the world class National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare (NCVH).
Fussell House is named after 25-year-old Lieutenant Michael Fussell who was serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan when he was killed in action by an improvised explosive device.
‘We can never fully repay the debt we owe to Lieutenant Fussell, but this facility will provide an enduring way for us all to honour his memory and sacrifice for our nation in ongoing support of our veterans and their families,’ said then Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester.
‘I am proud to open this facility, which was made possible by a $6.7 million investment from the federal government in our ongoing commitment to put the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families first.’
Fussell House provides veterans and their families from across Australia with a home away from home at Concord as they access the care and support they need. The facility offers private and shared spaces and includes family suites, individual rooms, family lounge areas, kitchen, laundry and utility rooms and an outdoor BBQ area.
The NCVH is operated by a multidisciplinary team of health professionals at Concord Hospital and offers a unique model of care, integrating a range of specialist outpatient services for mental and physical health and rehabilitation to assess, manage, treat and support the health and wellbeing needs of veterans.
For more information and details about how to access the services offered by NCVH, visit the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare website.