New resources are now available that can help families cope with the mental health concerns their loved ones may have when they return from overseas deployment.
When a different person comes home is the latest episode in DVA’s YouTube videos about military mental health. It explores how families, with the support of the wider veteran and defence community, can face these challenges and be there to support and encourage their family members to get the help they need.
Help is also available for those who are concerned that a family member or friend may be at risk of suicide. DVA’s suicide prevention website Operation Life Online and free Operation Life workshops provide valuable advice and resources tailored specifically for the veteran community including what warning signs to look for, what to do and how to link people to the help they need.
As a result of the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements, clients with long term treatment needs under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) will be issued with a Repatriation Health Card – For Specific Conditions (White Card).
Eligible clients will be sent a White Card in early December 2013 and the new arrangements will take effect from 10 December 2013.
What does this mean?
From 10 December 2013, SRCA clients will no longer claim reimbursement, or have an account sent to DVA to pay for the cost of healthcare services.
Instead, SRCA clients will use the White Card (or Gold Card if they already have one) to access treatment.
This will be the only way the Department will provide payment for health care services.