New support hub opens for veterans

Published 12:00pm 12 October 2023

New support hub opens for veterans
Words by Nick Crockford

The veteran community now has access to co-ordinated support at the new Veterans’ and Families’ Hub in Caboolture.

It provides wellbeing services, including help with transitioning to civilian life, job opportunities and advocacy services.

Matt Keogh, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, officially opened the Hub at 12 King St yesterday (October 11).

The hub is being operated by Lives Lived Well and the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Queensland Branch).

“Between Lives Lived Well's experience in health and wellbeing support and the Vietnam Veterans Association's experience at the coal face, I look forward to seeing how both leaders in your respective fields, work together to connect with and support veterans here in Caboolture,” Minister Keogh said.

Hub pictures - click through

“In Caboolture alone we know for every 25 residents, one is either a current or former serving member of Australia's Defence Force.

“Add in family members and you can appreciate how significant the veteran community in Caboolture is and the importance of this Hub.”

Damian Wright, Lives Lived Well Board Chair, said: "Veterans and their families in the region will now be able to access integrated and flexible support in a friendly, welcoming environment where their unique experiences are understood and supported and their military service is respected.

“The Hub is staffed by a team with either lived or learned veteran experience, extensively trained in wellbeing case management, who have begun fostering strong connections with ex-service organisations across northern Brisbane.

“Whether you need a coffee and a chat, access to wellbeing support, or you want to meet like-minded friends, you’re welcome at the Veterans’ and Families’ Wellbeing Hub.”

Darryl Shipp, State Secretary of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Queensland Branch), said the hub would be welcomed by the veteran community.

“It is so important that our Australian Defence Force personnel, veterans and their families have a dedicated place where they can go to connect with one another and to also access the assistance they need,” Mr Shipp said.

“We know having access to the right supports when you need them can make a real difference to health and wellbeing.”

Recognising the significance of social connection in supporting veterans, the Hub has a dedicated social connections space where veterans can reconnect with friends, old and new. There is also a fully-equipped kitchen.

The Hub is open to all current and former serving Australian Defence Force members, including reservists, and their families. For more information click here.

Caboolture Veterans’ and Families’ Wellbeing Hub is part of the Australian Government’s $46.7 million commitment for ten Veterans’ and Families’ Hubs. Visit www.dva.gov.au/vfhubs for more details.

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