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Veterans' & Families Hubs

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.

Suicide Prevention Resources 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. 

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