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Veterans Needs Framework

Founded on 5 Elements of Wellbeing


The evidence from those who specialise in the field of wellbeing is that there are five essential elements of wellbeing. They are the universal elements of wellbeing that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering.


They are:

  • Career Wellbeing: how you occupy your time or simply liking what you do every day

  • Social Wellbeing: having strong relationships and love in your life

  • Financial Wellbeing: effectively managing your economic life

  • Physical Wellbeing: having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis

  • Community Wellbeing: the sense of engagement you have with the area where you live

A practical application of these is presented very effectively in this Open Arms website about Living Well.

10 Veterans' Needs Framework


In order to achieve wellbeing for our veteran community (both serving and ex-serving) in Townsville, and to assist with the Transition, Connection and Integration of members of our community, we need a framework for the application of resources and compartmentalisation of information and process to ensure casework is effective and efficient in supporting the Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing.


This 10 Human Needs Framework is based on the outcomes from the veteran forum conducted by DVA in Canberra in August 2019 which was adapted from the Australian Health and Welfare (AIHW) Wellbeing Domains Model. We have added elements from the World Health Organisation's Human Security Framework and adjusted to conform to the emerging Defence Joint Transition Authority's framework. We also found it useful to qualify the Needs.


This is the model that was confirmed by the Board in Dec 2019 and applies to Service Delivery Operations at The Oasis Townsville.

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