From: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Mailing List
Sent: Mon 14/03/2011 2:42 PM

NEW ONLINE HEALTH ASSISTANCE PILOTED FOR EX-SERVICE PERSONNEL

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, announced today.

Mr Snowdon said the sites, the Wellbeing Toolbox and touchbase, 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.

“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,” Mr Snowdon said.

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.

“These websites are being piloted and I would encourage any current transitioning or recently discharged service personnel using the sites to provide feedback on how we can continue to improve the information and support provided during such a crucial time in a serving member’s life,” Mr Snowdon said.

The Wellbeing Toolbox can be accessed at www.wellbeingtoolbox.net.au and touchbase at www.touchbase.gov.au

Media inquiries:
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203 or 0413 994 704
Minister Snowdon: 0400 045 999