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Veteran Community Hubs Peer Network

Introduction

This page is intended to provide a space for the coordination of the efforts of the emerging 16 Veterans' and Families' Hubs across Australia. DVA is creating the network through the provision of capital to organisations to run the hub; there is much more thought that needs to go into harnessing the benefits of a network operating to some degree in a like manner for the benefit of the Veteran Community, especially those transitioning. 

 

There has also been some significant work done on suicide prevention, and this site supports passing on lessons from the five-year Commonwealth Department of Health National Suicide Prevention Trial for Veterans and their Families' (codenamed Operation COMPASS).

The last section of the page details some background to the Veterans's and Families' Hubs.

Discussion Topics for VC Hubs Peer Network

This is a very early version only from initial meetings. To be developed over time.

The following is a list of topics, in no particular order, being considered by the Hubs Peer Network:

  • Ensuring all of Australia is covered by the Hubs Network.

  • Recognising the differences between Hubs and the strengths and weaknesses in that. Appreciating the fundamental principle that more appropriate action can be taken locally if empowered to collaborate with other local/regional agencies.

  • Collaboration to support veterans and families moving from one location to another which will:

    • support earlier engagement in settling in at a veterans first destination post-transition,​

    • veterans and families working with one Hub and apprecaiting that the right information is being passed to the receiving Hub to support early preparations for arrival in location, which requires:

      • a common model

      • case management systems​ that can effectively exchange information, and

      • effective communications

  • Effective recording, access and passage of lessons learned.

Practical Resource from Operation COMPASS

This guide has been developed specifically for those supporting the veteran community. One of the key lessons from Operation Compass is that any activity, formal or social, large or small, must be veteran-led. Use the activities and lessons from this guide, and get veterans within local communities involved to tailor these and make them work for specific local communities.

 

These are real activities, run by real people, with real experience, and this guide allows you to stand on the shoulders of those before you. Share your lessons far and wide, so that together we can assist each other to participate in a thriving community.

A key lesson from Operation COMPASS emphasised the need for whole-of-community involvement. The strength of any Veteran Community Hub Network will be working with each other given the mobility of veterans (serving and being posted or ex-serving and resettling in disparate locations). It will be essential to share lessons and information between hub, led by the Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Background

There will soon be 16 Veterans' and Families' Hubs across Australia.

The Oasis Townsville was formed in 2018 to action the early lessons from Operation COMPASS, which began in Townsville in June 2017. The Queensland Government funded the initial design and construction of stage 1 of the site for The Oasis Townsville. Stage 2 was funded by the Federal Government in 2019.

Along with the Federal Government funding for stage 2 of The Oasis Townsville, five additional hubs were also funded:

  • Nowra, New South Wales;

  • Wodonga, Victoria;

  • Darwin, Northern Territory;

  • Adelaide, South Australia; and

  • Perth, Western Australia;

In the 2021-22 Federal Budget, funding was provided to expand the network of hubs into Tasmania and Southeast Queensland:

 

  • Burnie, Tasmania; and 

  • Caboolture, Southeast Queensland

In October 2022, investment was made by the Federal Government in a further eight hub locations covering these areas:

  • Hawkesbury region, New South Wales;

  • Hunter region, New South Wales;

  • Tweed/North Coast region, New South Wales;

  • Queanbeyan, New South Wales;

  • Ipswich, Queensland;

  • Northern Adelaide, South Australia;

  • Southwest Perth, Western Australia; and

  • Surf Coast/Geelong region, Victoria.

DVA has a branch managing the development of the hubs, which are in various stages of development.

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