Mental Health Initiative
By AFHQ, 08 September 2017 10:52:56

TREATMENT for all mental health issues is now available for serving and former Air Force members through a Department of Veterans' Affairs initiative.

Previously, Non-Liability Health Care (NLHC) arrangements only covered post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depressive, alcohol use and substance-use disorders.

A DVA spokesperson said NLHC recognised that the early treatment of mental health conditions led to better health outcomes in the long term.

"It ensures that current and former ADF members are able to access DVA-funded health care for mental health as quickly and conveniently as possible, without the need to link a condition to service, and without the need for a compensation claim," he said.

NLHC covers a range of treatment options.

Reservists might also be eligible for treatment if they have undertaken continuous full-time service.

Any eligible person seeking treatment for a mental health condition can make an application via email at NLHC@dva.gov.au or, by calling 133 254 (metropolitan callers) or 1800 555 254 (regional callers). A claim form is also available at www.dva.gov.au/nlhc.