Tuesday, 18 October 2011

"PTSD Coach" Mobile App

Do you have an iPad, iPhone, iTouch or an Android phone?
Then you can get a free app that helps manage PTSD.

The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Features include:
  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use skills to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it
PTSD Coach mobile app iconFree PTSD Coach download from:
iTunes and now also onAndroid Market

This app is developed by the United States National Centre for PTSD.
Further information can be found on the US Dept of Veterans Affairs website

Monday, 17 October 2011

A to Z Guide - DVA Website

The DVA website has a new A to Z guide to help you find the information you want.


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Understanding Carers Workshop


National Carer Support Service

National Carer Support Services is a national program for the veteran and ex-service community aimed at helping carers to enhance their own health and wellbeing while caring for others.

On Monday 7th November, NCSS will be holding a 'Understanding Carers' Workshop for TIP Welfare Officers.

This workshop raises awareness about the impact of caring for someone with an illness or health condition.
Raising awareness enables the Welfare Officer to consider and suggest appropriate services and supports that might be helpful to the carer and person being cared for.


Understanding Carers Workshop
Monday 7th November
Blackburn House, 199 Grenfell St Adelaide

There are limited positions available for this workshop so let me know asap if you wish to attend.
phil.boys@dva.gov.au      8290 0449

**Please note that there will be NO reimbursement available for travel/accommodation cost to those adding this workshop**

Further information about the National Carer Support Services can be found here www.carersvic.org.au/how-we-help/education/ncss-for-veterans

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

CLIK Update 2011-02

The next CLIK CD update 2011-02, publish date of 04 October 2011, is now available for download from the DVA website.

Note that due to the inclusion of CCPS Research Library updates, this CLIK CD update file is much larger than usual and may take a while to download.

Detailed instructions on downloading and installing the update and amendments incorporated in this release are also available from the website

Monday, 10 October 2011

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week is all about raising awareness of mental health and wellbeing in the wider community.
In 2011 Mental Health Week will run from Sunday 9th October through to Saturday 15th October.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) encourages the veteran and former serving personnel community to look after their own mental health and wellbeing and to provide support to those around them.

Around 20% of Australians will experience a mental health problem at some stage during their lives, and this figure is the same within the veteran community, with 1 in 5 veterans with a gold or white card having at least one accepted mental health condition. Mental health issues have the potential to affect not only the ex-service member themselves, but also their families.

At Ease is the department’s mental health literacy information package. The At Ease mental health suite materials provide information for all veteran cohorts including contemporary veterans and their families about mental health.
Please visit the At Ease website at www.at-ease.dva.gov.au for more information on mental health.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Mental Health and Wellbeing Booklet

This booklet has been designed to provide information and advice for veterans, other former serving personnel, and their families, about mental health and wellbeing following military service.

While the booklet contains information about mental health conditions that will help the reader to recognise any early signs of difficulty and know how to get help, it is also intended for those who are not experiencing mental health difficulties but want to generally improve their mental wellbeing.

To help you maximise your sense of wellbeing, a section is included in this booklet on practical coping strategies that anyone might benefit from if facing difficulties in their lives. This booklet also provides links to other self-help resources, treatment agencies and networks of support for those who recognise they need further help.

It is hoped that the information in this booklet will help you understand the challenges and difficulties you or your family members may be experiencing.

Download the Mental Health & Wellbeing Booklet (4.18MB)
To order a hardcopy of this publication, visit the online order form.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

DVA e-News

DVA e-News   -   Issue 3 is now available here