Family and Community Services
Family and Community Services include developing and
implementing income security policies and programs, services for
families with children and people with disabilities, community
support services, family relationship services and public
Community support services are funded by a number of
government departments at different levels.
DVA can support you with access to a number of community
services such as Community Nursing, Respite Care, Meals Services
and Home Help, just to name a few. There is a range of
services provided through Home and Community Care (HACC).
The aim of these services is to assist people to live in their
own homes as long as possible.
To find out more about the services provided by Family and
Community Services, visit your nearest nearest DVA or Veterans
Affairs Network (VAN) office or visit their web site at www.dva.gov.au and look up fact
sheet HSV 01.
VAN is a network of offices that assist veterans, or widow/ers
and their families in a number of ways:
- VAN Advisers can provide information to the
veteran community about pensions, benefits and
entitlements available through DVA.
- VAN Community Advisers can give up-to-date
information to the veteran community on health and
community services in the local area.
Support in the Community
DVA entitlements in this area include access to health
services which includes allied health services such as
physiotherapy, community nursing and respite care for entitled
DVA Respite Care entitlement would be of particular
interest to carers. Respite care provides relief for a
carer who has the responsibility for the ongoing care, attention
and support of another person who is in ill-health or
incapacitated. Through Carer Respite Centres (CRC) relief
can be provided for all carers. CRCs can also organise
emergency respite 24 hours a day - Free call 1800 059 059,
A range of community and family support services, such as
mental health, drug and alcohol counselling and crisis managment
teams is available from you local community health centre.
To find out more about what is available through your local
community health centre, contact an ex-service organisation,
(that you have confidence in), who have pension officers that
have competed the Training Information Program,
For further information on a range of community and family
service issues contact your nearest DVA office or visit their web
site at www.dva.gov.au and
01 Overview of Health Services
Available to the Veteran Community;
06 Respite Care; and
16 Community Nursing
The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia can assist any
veteran of any conflict, their widow/er's and
children by providing advice and assistance in regard to all
pensions matters. Simply contact your nearest sub-branch.