Applications for Veterans' Health Week 2023 funding now open

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The Hon Matt Keogh MP

Minister for Defence Personnel

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs

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Stephanie Mathews on 0407 034 485

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4 August 2023

Veterans' Health week is an important opportunity for Australians to reflect on the service and sacrifices of veterans and veteran families, and acknowledge that sometimes, this service can take its toll on their health and wellbeing.

This year, Veterans’ Health Week 2023 is focused on “Mental Wellness Matters”, encouraging veterans and veteran families to renew their focus on maintaining good mental health and seeking support when it’s needed.

Australian veterans have led the way in enhancing our understanding of mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder. It’s because of the work of our veterans, and organisations like Open Arms, that Australia is leading the way in treating and supporting mental health conditions.

Mental wellness does matter. That’s the long and the short of it.

It’s also ok to ask for help.

Veterans' Health Week will run from 8 – 15 October, and will focus on the importance of maintaining good mental health and seeking support when it’s needed.

This year I encourage ex-service and community organisations all over the country to apply for a $720 payment to host an event during Veterans’ Health Week.

Applications for funding close on 8 September. A kitbag to support event organisers plan and deliver their event is available on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.

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