Ex-service's new websites
TWO new websites are being piloted to provide the ex-service community with access to vital health resources.
The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, said the sites, ‘www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au’ and ‘www.touchbase.gov.au’ have been developed specifically for ex-service and transitioning personnel, their families and friends to help them face challenges that moving from military to civilian life may present.
“It is important that our service personnel and their families have access to helpful and informative resources to assist them in their day-to-day life,” Mr Snowdon said.
“These websites provide information links and where necessary, facilitate early intervention options for those who may be experiencing mental health issues.”
The Wellbeing Toolbox provides interactive educational material in key areas such as problem solving, building support, helpful thinking, getting active, keeping calm and sleeping better and has been developed in conjunction with leading experts at the Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health.
“The site provides practical step-by-step tips and tools for improving mental and physical wellbeing and relieving stress."
The touchbase website, developed jointly by Defence and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs provides information on lifestyle issues such as employment and finances, and is a one-stop-shop for useful links on topics ranging from compensation and finances to health, housing and parenting support.
The touchbase website also provides users with the opportunity to keep in touch or reconnect with other former serving personnel, family and friends using its online community Find Your Mates.