Local South Australian Organisations that can help. Click on the photos below and they will take you to the respected organisations that are able to assist you.
A Stable Life Counselling Services
A Stable Life Counselling Service provides counselling and Equine Acceptance Therapy for PTSD,Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Relationship Counselling
Reviews Speak for them selves
Had my first session of equine therapy today.
A therapy which involves bonding with horses, learning how to do things like walk them, brush them and learn to give them basic commands with rewards. It is a pilot program by Veteran Affairs to see if it can help veterans with their mental health.
This process helps me to lower the anxiety from my PTSD and after only one session I can say it really works.I was paired with Dexter, he is 15 years old. We bonded very quickly, he has a beautiful temperament. He would nudge me as we were walking at times, I was told this is to get me to walk faster. After giving his treat he then started licking my arm and t-shirt!Apparently this is affectionate behavior so I really glad he likes me. I’m told he has a cheeky personality and it showed!I had very successful and positive day.
Julie and Rob were a absolute pleasure to meet. They made me feel so welcome.Very happy and can’t wait for next week’s session!
Julie and Rob, thank you so much for this amazing experience. It really does teach you to calm right down as you interact with the horses. Dave and Patch are brilliant but I think I have hit something with Dave. Again thankyou and see you again. Hope all can be sorted with DVA. Also thanks to Heros on the Homefront for putting me onto you.
Heroes on the Homefront
Heroes on the Homefront (HOTH) is a South Australian based veteran’s services charity specialising in Connecting veterans to programs, Program Development and Training available to them and providing family and community events.
Jessie Bird Welfare Centre
The Jesse Bird Welfare Centre for contemporary veterans is named after former Australian Army Infantry Soldier, the late Jesse Bird.
- Food vouchers
- Referral to Bravery Trust
- Linking clients with Open Arms and other counselling services
- Social networks including Coffee catchups
- 4wd and recreational weekend adventures
- BBQ and family get togethers
- Events (Anzac day and Rememberance day)
The Jesse Bird Welfare Centre is a Self Funded establishment.
If you find yourself requiring Emergency Accommodation please do not hesitate to contact us.
Phone Vera on 0431 250 632 or John 0499 628 251
You may at some point in your military career find yourself needing an Advocate or Claims assistant.
Through his own personal experience, John has extensive knowledge in Initial Liability and Permanent Impairment claims, processing along with many successful internal reviews of Incapacity payments and Legislative compliance.
John has an edge in knowing how to guide an application through the myriad of Legislative requirements faced by Applicants in the DVA process, where he pre-empts, prepares and prevails in most disputes.
Amat Victoria Curam- Victory Loves Preparation
John prepares specifically for each individual application, where each case is prepared upon its own merits. John utilises Practitioner Guides and DVA claims reference material, something not often used by RSL Advocates in preparation of claims. John’s diligence and care is reflected in the results obtained for his clients. John has achieved success not only in Permanent Impairment claims handling but in an Incapacity Payment claim netting the client a substantial back payment.
John can assist you to lodge claims for:
Department of Veterans Affairs
- Initial Liability
- Permanent Impairment
Applying for a Retrospective change in mode of discharge can be a tough process. John is more than experienced in handling these applications. Recent success included a 34 year back payment and reversal of mode of discharge.
- Medical Discharge
- Retrospective Discharge
Department of Defence
- Response to Notice to Show Cause
- Military Disciplinary actions
John will prepare and file these documents along with supporting you throughout the entire process.
Have you been issued a Notice to Show Cause? John can assist you to formulate and prepare your response.
Likewise with Redress of Grievance applications, contact John for an appointment.
An initiative of the seaside town of Robe, South Australia, providing respite for returned Australian Defence Force veterans and their families, within beautiful surrounds and a welcoming community.
How could the Robe community show their support and appreciation for Australia’s contemporary veterans and their families? This was the question Jacqui Bateman asked me during our very first conversation back in 2015 and it started an ongoing dialogue between us that lead to the creation of the “Robe 2 Recovery” respite program.
Such was her desire to see the community of Robe come together to support our veterans that her concept for a community based respite program began to take shape. It began with an offer to make Jacqui’s own B&B accommodation available to veterans and their families up to 4 times per year free of charge. An opportunity for the veteran and their partner or family to take time out from the pressures and stress of day to day living in a supportive community that offered more than just a place to stay.
But this wasn’t enough
Jacqui decided to enlist additional support from the Robe Tourism Association, a group of community business owners, of whom she was a member, who meet regularly and collaborate for the benefit of Robe. The response was immediate and positive with offers of vouchers, gifts, goods and services flowing from the group backed up with cards and personal letters for the visiting veteran and their family acknowledging and thanking them for their service and sacrifice.
The concept grew quickly to become a community program with unbelievable results. The first veterans to visit expected nothing more than a short stay but were completely overwhelmed by the reception they received and humbled by the outward show of support from complete strangers.
Bolton Brothers is a psychology company based in Adelaide, South Australia committed to changing the face of men’s mental health.
Our psychology practice provides a gendered approach to mental health services, with a particular focus on male mental health. We use a solution-focussed, practical and motivational working style to encourage individual strengths and improve well-being. We have experience collaborating with men to confront and overcome issues such as depression, anxiety, addictive behaviours, traumatic stress, anger and relationship difficulties.
We provide public speaking services to schools, businesses, conferences and special events to raise awareness around men’s mental health issues, suicide prevention and the importance of early intervention.
But unlike traditional practices, what makes our company truly unique is our vision for the future. We are looking to transcend the mental health space by creating a Media House that produces bold and inspirational stories (e.g., short, long form, feature films & podcasts) showcasing the benefits of implementing psychological knowledge into our everyday lives to overcome barriers, reach our potential and live our best life.
Nathan Bolton sits on the SA Premier’s Council on Suicide Prevention, Wellbeing SA Community Advisory Committee and is the SA Chapter Representative for the Special Operations Engineers Regiment Welfare Association
What is Operation K9?
Operation K9 dogs are provided to Veterans of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) who have a diagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to Operational Service.
Who can apply for an Operation K9 dog?
To be eligible to apply for an Operation K9 Dog, the applicant must have served or be retiring from the Australian Defence Force and have a diagnosed PTSD condition that has been acquired during a military operation. All applicants must be 18 years of age or over and a resident in South Australia.
What are the Benefits of an Operation K9 Dog?
An Operation K9 dog is an accredited assistance dog that can provide benefits in terms of supporting independence and social interactions as well as a range of client specific tasks tailored to the veteran’s needs.
How do I apply for an Operation K9 dog?
Initial enquiries regarding Operation K9 can be made through the RSB Guide and Assistance Dog Service. The Operation K9 team will then provide you with more information about the referral and assessment process.
What training and follow up care does Operation K9 provide?
Operation K9 places fully trained Assistance Dogs through a comprehensive training course and provides aftercare for the dog’s working life. All initial equipment will be provided to you by the Operation K9 team including a service coat that identifies an Operation K9 dog as an accredited assistance dog.
Defence Shed Port Adelaide
The mission of Defence Shed is to support current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force Members and their families through support of and raising awareness of Mental Health.
BLACK OPS – Veterans Garage
The Black Ops Veteran Garage is a safe haven for war veterans experiencing the hardship of transitioning out of the ADF or fellow veterans out in the community that have found themselves cut off from society, due to the effects of PTSD. The directors have all been through the transition process themselves and their love of motorcycles and all things mechanical, has assisted them greatly in this often hard process plus, is an ongoing form of therapy for many veterans. The Garage has been designed to assist male ADF war veterans reintegrate back into civilian life, through forming friendships and contacts that embrace the positive aspects of the Military culture; including camaraderie, loyalty, trust, and brotherhood, whilst swinging spanners and completing various projects. Assistance and advice can also be provided to those seeking help in completing the necessary Department of Veterans Affairs paperwork.
The Ex Military Rehabilitation Centre Inc is a rehabilitation and welfare organisation serving Australian ex military personnel, peacekeepers and veterans of wars and conflicts, past and present. It is located in a former factory complex on an acreage of Defence Department Land opposite the R.A.A.F. base at Edinburgh, South Australia. Workshops are provided for Carpentry, Computing, Arts and Crafts and are complemented by a recreation room and dining area. Meals are provided on the programme days of Tuesday and Thursday and staff provide catering for functions and fundraising events.
Welfare activities are diverse and range from drug rehab assistance, house moving, transport, gardening, painting, loan of furniture and equipment to social activities, commemorative events, hospital and nursing home visits.
Work for the “dole” (unemployment benefits) programmes are conducted at the centre and some weekend activities are conducted offsite. These work crews assist with maintenance of the complex, recycling activities, building demolition projects, computer rebuilding , vehicle restoration and general labour duties.
A legal referral service is provided from a network of Barristers, Solicitors and Legal firms and access is provided to the field worker to most courts, prisons and institutions. In recent times the focus has widened to include services to Veterans of post Vietnam wars and peace keeping operations. Pension and advocacy work is conducted at the centre to assist current serving and ex ADF members with pension claims and rehabilitation services.
The projects began in 1990 when members from the Aldgate RSL entered into agreement to purchase land in the Murray Mallee and to establish rehabilitation and recreation activities for Vietnam Veterans and their families.
In 1994 the group identified a need for metropolitan based activities and established the Ex Military Rehabilitation Centre (XMRC) under the banner of the Peter Badcoe V.C. Complex to provide activities and welfare assistance for ex Defence Force personnel and their families…The project was initially set up with labour from Aldgate RSL’s Correctional services and Centrelink programmes at the Hampstead Rehab Hospital and was staffed by Volunteers from the Ex-Service Community and many civilian helpers. In 1999 the facility was relocated to a factory site on Defence land adjacent to RAAF base at Edinburgh. The year also brought the final payment on the townships of Mootatunga and Karte, our bush camps.
A sub branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association was formed in 2000 from XMRC members to provide services specific to Vietnam Vets and their families whilst XMRC provided similar services to all serving and ex Australian Defence Force personnel.
Our ‘open door’ policy resulted in the establishment of a workshop for local folk with acquired brain injuries and a weekly programe in partnership with “Helping Hands” to provide activities for socially isolated locals, many of whom are ex- military.
The project was relocated in 2008 to our current premises opposite the RAAF base and was opened by the Governor on the 28th of February 2008.
Hearts 4 Heroes
The Opportunity Shop….with a difference! All profits are donated in support of our Military, Veterans & Emergency Service Personnel Injured whilst serving our Country and Communities.
These Australian Heros must not be forgotten!
By shopping with us, donating your pre-loved goods or volunteering your time, you can be a part of making a genuine difference to the lives of true everyday heros, when they need it most.
The Road Home
The Road Home raises awareness and funds to support health and wellbeing research into conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress and programs to support our Nation’s veterans, emergency service personnel and their families.
The Jamie Larcombe Center
The Jamie Larcombe Centre is a new $15 million Veterans’ mental health precinct located at Glenside Health Service Campus, providing mental health and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) services to Veterans.
The Centre has been purpose built to accommodate services previously provided by Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital.
The Centre was officially opened on Thursday 5 October 2017 by the Larcombe family, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister for Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
The Centre includes:
- an ambulatory service incorporating outpatient treatment and a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) service
- 24 single rooms with ensuites
- outpatient rooms
- a gymnasium
- research spaces
- a children’s playground for families.
A Model of Care for Specialist Mental Health Services for Veterans (PDF 732KB) has been developed, outlining the services provided at the Jamie Larcombe Centre and how these services are to be delivered. The model of care builds on the previous model for Ward 17 at the Repatriation General Hospital, taking into consideration the wide range of services delivered at the precinct, and is based on evidence-based practice to ensure it will meet the needs of current and future Veterans. For more information, view the Consumer Guide (PDF 169KB) or watch the videos below.
The precinct also includes a Partnerships Hub, located in the heritage building adjacent to the new facility. The Hub is a place where Veterans and their families can access information and services to support their individual needs.
The precinct is named after Sapper Jamie Ronald Larcombe, who was born in Kingscote, Kangaroo Island and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. The name is a tribute to the service and sacrifice of Sapper Larcombe, who was killed in action on 19 February 2011. ‘The Jamie Larcombe Centre’ refers to the precinct as a whole. The remaining areas within the facility are known by their functional names: Inpatient Ward, Outpatient Ward, Memorial Garden, and Hub.
Veterans SA was established in April 2008 by the South Australian State Government to provide support to the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the veteran community.
The agency sits within Defence SA within the South Australian State Government.
Veterans SA works closely with the Veterans’ Advisory Council to provide advice to the Premier about matters relating to South Australia’s veteran community.
The veteran community in South Australia includes:
- Veterans and their partners, families and carers
- Ex-service organisations
- Australian Defence Force personnel
- war widows and widowers
- students, teachers and historians.
Services provided by Veterans SA
Veterans SA promotes Australia’s wartime history and the significance of national events such as Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and Vietnam Veterans Day. We support the special needs of the veteran community resulting from the unique nature of military service. In 2012 with input from the Veterans’ Advisory Council and from the veteran community South Australia’s Charter for Veterans was devised.
Veterans SA is also responsible for:
- promoting the well being of all members of the veteran community in South Australia
- encouraging co-operation across all ex-service organisations in South Australia
- providing the link for the veteran community to communicate directly to the highest levels of state government
- monitoring and providing advice about matters relating to recognition and commemoration of the service of veterans.
Flinders University ASVA
Australian Student Veterans Association- Flinders Chapter: Here to support veterans from all services to transition and adapt to university life. From help with uni, mentoring, networking or just a chinwag about how you are going, we’re here for you.
RSL Care SA
RSL Care SA is a proud not-for-profit charitable care provider. Our organisation has served the ex-service and wider community of South Australia for over 100 years, and we are planning on serving them for another 100 years. We celebrated our official centenary in 2015
Our association with the RSL of South Australia is close, but RSL Care SA is a completely separate entity. We share a common ethos of caring for the health and wellbeing of our mates.
The Organisation offers a number of accommodation and support options for residential aged care, retirement living and affordable housing for ALL South Australians. We have various locations throughout South Australia.
Our mission is to support veterans, their dependents and the broader Australian community through a range of integrated retirement living and aged care services.
Andrew Russell Veteran Living
Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) is named after Sergeant Andrew Russell. Sergeant Russell was a South Australian soldier with the Australian Army who was killed in Afghanistan in February 2002 when the long range patrol vehicle he was travelling in struck a suspected anti-vehicle mine.
The aim of Andrew Russell Veteran Living is to ensure that every ex-service person in SA who is homeless or at risk of homelessness has the opportunity to access appropriate and affordable housing solutions, and provide practical supports that enable veterans to generate positive accommodation outcomes for themselves.
ARVL partners with a range of providers to expand services and support offerings to encourage residents to make connections and pathways necessary to access individualised wrap around services they may need.
RSL Care SA has 38 affordable housing units for ex-service personnel and their dependents under the Andrew Russell Veteran Living (ARVL) housing portfolio. The locations of affordable housing units are detailed below. There is also an additional 10 units utilised as transit/emergency accommodation for our ARVL program, to assist contemporary veterans who may be homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Angle Park – 7 Units
Campbelltown – 16 Units
Wallaroo – 15 Units
StoryRight’s one-day workshops are open to anyone who has served in Defence, whether full or part-time, regular or Reserve. Kickstart your career transition with these skills:
- Introduce yourself to potential employers with self-confidence and impact.
- Know how to explain your transferable military skills and experiences to different target audiences.
- Develop a robust professional bio for your resumé and LinkedIn.
- Learn how to engage with the media and/or the public more effectively and proactively.
Develop greater confidence as a professional communicator. Defence Business Units, Ex-Service Organisations and Veterans Groups wanting to make a group booking (for up to 12 participants) are requested to contact the StoryRight Partnerships Manager, Mr Justin Brown on 0414 661 269.Individuals can secure a subsidised place at the next StoryRight workshop by applying through the StoryRight website. http://www.storyright.org/ For just $10, individuals can access $500 worth of training, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
RSL South Australia
The RSL was founded in 1916 to provide comradeship and support to Australia’s veterans and their families.
That core mission has never changed but has continued to evolve to meet the needs of each generation of servicemen and women.
We have a branch network that covers Australia and any veteran who needs help will get it. Every serving ADF member and veteran will be warmly welcomed at their local RSL.
We advocate for the best possible conditions for our serving men and women and for those who have served the nation in the past.
We foster respect and thanks from the nation for all those who have made sacrifices in Australia’s name and we will provide a strong voice on issues of national unity and security.
Veterans MC SA
It is a matter of history that the United States and its allies waged a protracted war in Vietnam during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Australia, being one of the United States allies was involved from 1962 until 1972.
The aftermath of this war and the social upheaval it caused left a large number of veterans deeply traumatised and adrift in the society they had returned to.
All experienced to a larger degree the bitterness and sometimes hatred of the general public who had not shared their experiences in Vietnam. Many veterans were shunned, and in turn shunned society and turned to the only people who they could trust – their Brothers in Arms, fellow Vietnam Veterans.
In late 1989, an advertisement was placed in a Melbourne newspaper seeking those Vietnam Veterans who were also Motorcyclists, and who would be interested in starting a Motorcycle Club. There was a strong response and, so, at the Broadford Hotel, the Victorian Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club was born. During the same time other like minded Vietnam Veterans across Australia were coming together and forming chapters. In April 1992, the Vietnam Veterans South Australian Chapter was formed. Since then we have grown from strength to strength and now have a great clubhouse at Lonsdale.
In 2010, the South Australian Chapter proposed a name change to Veterans Motorcycle Club, thus allowing veterans of other conflicts to become full patched members. On the 20th July 2013, the Club was re-named the Veterans Motorcycle Club, and has since welcomed many veterans from Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and other applicable overseas opeations.
The Veterans Motorcycle Club is comprised of men who served this nation. They were trained and risked their lives to preserve the rights and freedoms of all Australians while protecting this country from threats abroad.