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RANZCP welcomes the Federal Government’s $31 million commitment to veterans' mental health

31 October 2017
 
 
 

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement of an additional $31 million funding commitment for veterans’ mental health.

Military service carries a lifetime risk of mental illness. Current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) may experience trauma, continuing psychological stressors and difficulties in transitioning to civilian life which can have a significant effect on both the individual and their family.   

The $31 million commitment is to fund: 

  • $16.1 million over four years for a new Veteran Payment for financial vulnerable veterans claiming mental health conditions
  • $7.1 million over four years to extend support for families of veterans
  • $2.1 million over four years for an annual health assessment for ex-serving ADF members for the first five years post-discharge
  • $4.0 million over two years to pilot a case management service for transitioning or recently discharged ADF members
  • $1.7 million over two years to undertake a scoping study to professionalise veterans’ advocacy.

The RANZCP welcomes the government’s commitment to promote and support the mental health and well-being of former ADF personnel and their families, and would welcome the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of mental health reforms for veterans.

For information on veterans’ mental health see the RANZCP submission to the Senate of Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee on suicide of veterans and ex-service personnel and the RANZCP submission to the National Mental Health Commission into the review of the services available to veterans and members of the Australian Defence Force in relation to the prevention of self-harm and suicide.