Training and Resources for Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Providers
As a GP, nurse or other health professional, you can access training to help you deliver the Coordinated Veterans’ Care (CVC) Program. We have partnered with registered training organisations and peak bodies to provide these resources.
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CVC Program resources
A CVC Program information brochure (PDF 1.4 MB) has been developed to provide GPs and veterans with information about the CVC Program.
A Guide for General Practice (PDF 1.96 MB) has been developed to support General Practices delivering the CVC Program.
A short video has been developed by APNA (1min 20 secs) giving a brief overview of the CVC Program for providers:
Transcript of the CVC overview video (DOCX 19 KB)Back to top
Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA)
DVA provided funding for the Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA) to give practice nurses, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Workers and community nurses (working for a DVA community nursing provider) with access to free, educational online learning modules to help deliver the best possible care to veterans participating in the CVC Program.
The training was a great opportunity for CVC care coordinators to upgrade their knowledge and skills in key areas to support their role in the CVC Program.
All training licences have now been allocated. Thank you to all who have taken the opportunity to access the training to continue to support veterans within the CVC Program.Back to top
Black Dog Institute
The following online training is in partnership with the Black Dog Institute, a respected independent medical research institute. Training is free for Australian health professionals. The following links will take you through to the Black Dog Institute website to complete the training. Training is accredited and has CPD points attached.
E-mental health is a series of six one-hour online learning modules.
The following webinars are one hour each:
- Alcohol misuse and mental health
- Military families: the impact of defence force service upon partners and children
- First do no harm – recognising and managing the effects of trauma
- Managing anxiety online
- Non-pharmacological management of chronic pain
- Mental health care in rural Australia
- A chance to dream – non-pharmacological management of insomnia
- Loneliness and its impact on the mental health of the older person
- Men and e-mental health
- Collaboration between health professionals: the key to improving patient outcomes
You can also access Black Dog Institute webinars as short podcasts.
Diagnosis and treatment of PTSD in emergency service workers
GPs can register for a live, online workshop on diagnosing and treating PTSD in emergency service workers. It covers how to diagnose patients with:
- acute stress disorder
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- other comorbidities.
The workshop uses evidence-based guidelines to help GPs identify treatment pathways, including:
- recommended referrals
- trauma-focused psychological therapy
- psychological first aid.
The training may also be relevant to other health professionals. The duration is 3 hours.
Health professionals can access a Psychological toolkit of practical resources to help manage mental health conditions.
The Black Dog Institute also produces fact sheets to download, print or share.Back to top
Open Arms is Australia’s leading provider of mental health assessment and clinical counselling services for Australian veterans and their families. The free, online training courses and webinars are designed to help clinicians, practice nurses and other clinical practice staff to better support the mental health needs of veterans. Certificates can be used to claim CPD points.
The following training and webinars have been selected to support GPs and other health professionals treating veterans participating in the CVC Program. After clicking on the links below, you will need to log into DVA Train to access them. If you do not have an account, you can register for one.
- Open Arms practitioner’s guide (1 hour)
- Understanding the military experience (2 hours)
- PTSD psychological interventions program (4–6 hours)
- Case formulation (3 hours)
- The military experience and mental health
- Treating PTSD in veterans
- Insomnia and nightmares
- Addiction and avoidance
- Comorbid mental health conditions
- Responding to and treating PTSD
The following resources may also help you support veterans on the CVC Program.
We have partnered with Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health to deliver the Practitioner Support Service – a multi-disciplinary team of mental health experts who can be consulted on veteran-specific mental health and trauma matters.
Go to Supporting veteran mental health to learn more about:
- how to access the DVA Practitioner Support Service
- supporting and treating veterans.
You can also call the Veteran Mental Health GP Assistance Hotline on 1800 VET 777 (1800 838 777).
ProCare, a community based not-for-profit charitable organisation, provides a range of high quality mental health services. They have developed the following recorded webinars for GPs.
- Addiction and substance use disorder (1 hour)
- Managing schizophrenia and psychotic illness by GPs in primary care (1 hour)
- Anxiety disorders: management in general practice (1 hour)
- Depression and mental health in older people (1 hour)
- Suicidal ideation and prevention (1 hour)