Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan has announced the Federal Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans' mental health services.
Veterans' Affairs Minister Dan Tehan has announced the Federal Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans' mental health services. LUKAS COCH

$31m for veteran mental health

THE Federal Government will provide an additional $31 million to support veterans' mental health as part of its response to the Senate inquiry into veterans' suicide.

Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan said the money was part of the response to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Reference's committee report, The Constant Battle: Suicide by veterans. The funds are on top of an extra $58.6 million in mental health funding provided in this year's Budget.

The new funds provide:

$16.1 million over four years for a new veteran payment for financially vulnerable veterans claiming mental health conditions;

$7.1 million over four years to extend support for families of veterans;

$2.1 million over four years for an annual health assessment for ex-serving ADF members for the first five years post-discharge;

$4 million over two years to pilot a case management service for transitioning or recently discharged ADF members;

$1.7 million over two years to undertake a study to professionalise veterans' advocacy.

The government has agreed to 22 of the 24 recommendations in the report and agreed in principle to the other two.



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