Health & Wellbeing

Connecting with people we relate to helps us be well and happy.  The Sub-Branch will help members build social networks, and also be a place where they can learn more about health and wellbeing. Wellness initiatives currently being planned include:

  • Social events for members and their families;
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing education seminars and resources;
  • Access to health and wellbeing activities; and
  • Information and guidance on external government and non-for-profit wellness services.

External Health & Wellbeing Resources

Our Sub-Branch will regularly connect our members with health and wellbeing news and advice from relevant organisations.  Further information on these organisations can be accessed anytime via the links below.

Australian Government

The Department of Defence’s Engage Website provides an online directory of health and lifestyle management services for servicepersons and their families.

The Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) provides free individual, couple and group counselling, education and mental health support for servicepersons and their families.

Call: 1800 011 046

‘At Ease’

Provided by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the At Ease Website provides health and wellbeing tips, treatment options and resources for servicepersons and their families.

Lifeline

Lifeline provides all Australians experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

Call: 131114

Beyondblue

Beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health through learning and prevention of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

Call: 1300 22 4636

 

 

 

Career Growth

Through up-skilling and professional networking support, the Sub-Branch will help members grow career skills and unlock new opportunities. Career growth initiatives currently being planned include:

  • Professional development education sessions and resources;
  • Job opportunity notifications from serviceperson-orientated recruitment agencies and employers;
  • Information on skills development and training programs for ex-servicepersons; and
  • Career networking and mentoring assistance from fellow sub-branch members.

External Career Growth Resources

The Sub-Branch will regularly connect our members with career growth news and advice from relevant organisations.  Further information on these organisations can be accessed anytime via the links below.

Australian Government

The Department of Defence’s Engage Website provides an online directory of employment services to assist veterans and partners, including resume and job coaching, further education, recognition of prior learning and recruitment services.

The Australian Government’s Jobactive Website provides resources to help career decision-making and the job application process (e.g. resume coaching and cover letter coaching), as well as a Jobs Board for ex-servicepersons.

WithYouWithMe

WithYouWithMe seek to help ex-servicerpersons identify their purpose and establish career pathways.  Programs include free education and skill-gap training, career mentoring and access to new job opportunities.

Soldier On

Soldier On offer over 100 courses (free or reduced cost) for ex-servicerpersons via their education program.  This program helps members develop new skills and gain recognition for existing skills.

Soldier On also provide job vacancy information for the attention of the serviceperson community.

Western Australian Government

For servicepersons who have left the ADF in the past five years, the Veterans Employment Transition Support Program provides mentoring, career information and job opportunities in the Western Australian Public Sector.

 

 

Welfare & Advocacy

The Sub-Branch will advise eligible current and former serviceperson members on advocacy and welfare services coordinated by RSL WA, and help them connect to this support.

Welfare Assistance

Welfare support includes but is not limited to emergency financial assistance, home and hospital visits, bereavement assistance, crisis counselling referrals, accommodation assistance, government liaison and information on community health services and aged care residential facilities.

For more information click here to access the RSL WA Welfare Assistance Web Page.

Advocacy Assistance

Advocacy support includes but is not limited to Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) pension claim assistance, war widow support, mental health support assistance, legislative entitlement guidance, and claim appeal support.

For more information and contact details click here to access the WA Advocacy Assistance Web Page.

Financial Assistance

Requests for financial assistance can be made by members to the Sub-Branch Welfare Committee, care of the Sub-Branch Secretary.

The WA Aged Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen’s Relief Trust Fund also provides financial grants to help veterans, widows, dependents or ex- ADF members in times of hardship. Application information can be found here on the RSL Financial Assistance Web Page.