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Ex-Service Organisation Directory

There are many ex-service organisations (ESOs) that help current and ex-serving personnel in various ways.

RSL Queensland collaborates with a range of ESOs to ensure members of our Defence family get the help they need. 

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Established in 1947, Australian War Widows (Queensland) Inc. (AWWQ) protects the interests of war widows and provides friendship, understanding and community support services to its members across Queensland. Membership is open to the Department of Veterans' Affairs designated war widows and associate membership for wider community who support AWWQ.

Women Veterans Network Australia

Women Veterans Network Australia is a network helping women veterans connect with each other to share information and access services via social media and in local groups. WVNA supports all organisations that help veterans and works with them to establish peer support networks focused on the specific health and well-being needs of women veterans to ease transition, isolation and assist with readjustment problems.  WVNA is inclusive of all ranks who are currently serving or have served in the Navy, Army or Air Force, either in a full time or Reserve capacity, regardless of whether they have been deployed or not.

Veterans' Support Group QLD

Veteran and Military Compensation law is complex. If you are a past or present member of the ADF, and have been wounded, suffered an injury or illness, and or are experiencing difficulty dealing with your claim on your own  through DVA, HELP is freely available. Our specialist advocates will ensure you receive professional assistance and advice. Veterans Support Group, founded by the Vietnam Veterans Federation Qld Branch, offers a full suite of services at 18 Leagues club Drive Nerang each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 0900 and 1500. Appointments preferred.

Veterans Care

Provides pastoral care, education in holistic health and wellbeing services to assist in the transition to civilian life.

Veterans and Veterans Family Counselling Service (VVCS)

VVCS provides free and confidential, nationwide counselling and support - including group programs - for war and service-related mental health conditions, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, depression and anger. VVCS counsellors have an understanding of military culture and can work with clients to find effective solutions for improved mental health and wellbeing.

Defence Special Needs Support Group Inc

Specialises in providing services and programs for families of both currently serving and ex-serving members of the ADF with a dependant who has  special needs. Special needs is inclusive of medical such as chronic illness, physical disability and intellectual disability and DSNSG can provide support through avenues such as access to grants and financial assistance for specialised equipment. DSNSG also offers educational and information support, emergency care plans and family networking.

Toowong Private Hospital

For a number of years now Dr Khoo and the TPH team have been running programs for Trauma Recovery (PTSD), Alcohol Abuse / Dependence, CBT Depression /  Anxiety and Anger for Veterans and ADF personnel. Our Trauma recovery program also includes a partners component. Often trauma has a negative impact on the family and it is therefore important that partners have input into recovery. In the past 10 years our courses have assisted over 700 veterans and ADF personnel from around QLD and NSW to not only improve their quality of life but also gain a sense of control over their lives. In order to attend a program at Toowong Private Hospital a medical referral is required either from a Psychiatrist or General Practitioner.

Legacy Brisbane

Provides a range of support services to the families of veterans who have given their life or their health in service to the Australian Defence force. Legacy’s traditional services are to the families of deceased veterans- supporting widows and their children to move forward with their lives despite the loss of their loved one. Legacy’s family support program provides services for families with an ex-service veteran who has sustained a wound, illness or injury (most commonly PTS) as a result of their service. This program empowers families to re-establish resilience, structure and stability in the face of many challenges. Services include: emotional support and guidance, practical and financial assistance and service coordination, information and referral.

Currumbin Clinic

Currumbin Clinic provides inpatient and day patient treatment for mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addictive disorders including alcohol or drug misuse. Specific programs for veterans include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Mood and Anxiety and the associated problems of PTSD such as Effective Communication and Mastering Anger.   Set in a private bush surrounds close to Currumbin Beach, Currumbin Clinic is the leading provider of mental health treatment on the Gold Coast and surrounding areas with over 20 years experience.