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6.8 Role of ex-service organisations in psychosocial rehabilitation

Last amended 
3 November 2016

DVA clients are more likely to benefit from peer-to-peer help and support than civilian rehabilitation clients. The close-knit military culture means there can be a lack of trust of ‘outsiders’, whereas rapport is often established quickly with other former ADF members.

There are dozens of ex-service organisations that can provide a sense of purpose and social connection for DVA clients, and many run health and social programs at little or no cost.

The following websites list various ex-service organisations:

When considering whether engagement with an ex-service organisation may benefit a client, their individual circumstances must be taken into account. For example, where a client has expressed a desire to move on from their military past and embrace new experiences, engagement with an ex-service organisation may not be appropriate.