Partners and families

Support and connection for families of veterans or current ADF members.

When one member of the family experiences a service-related physical injury or mental health issue, the entire family can be affected. 

Spouses, partners, children or parents of veterans with service-related injuries can experience isolation or their own mental health challenges as a result of the circumstances of military life. We want you to know that it’s okay to reach out for help. Our support options are available for immediate family members.

From psychological services, to family BBQs, social connection activities, or yoga classes – we are here for you; to listen, to support, and to provide you with professional guidance to improve quality of life and relationships. You’ll also meet other families who understand the challenges often faced by Defence families.  

As a partner, child, or parent of a veteran with service-related injuries, you can apply to join Mates4Mates at any time. Your partner does not have to be registered for you to apply to join.

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Connecting with the civilian community

While we deliver a wide range of social connection activities to support veterans and their families to connect with other veterans, the Community Connections Program builds on that further by helping veterans impacted by service find their place in the civilian world.

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Simple ways to support men's health

Each year during the month of June, Men’s Health Week aims to highlight the importance of men’s health, and to promote and support the health and wellbeing of men and boys in our community.

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Combatting the challenges of transitioning

Transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) into civilian life is a significant decision for any service man or woman and may involve impacts not only on the individual but also their family. While there may be unique challenges in this process, there is support available and no veteran is alone.

Get in touch

To find out more about joining Mates4Mates, accessing services or supporting our cause, fill out our form or call 1300 4 MATES (62 837) during business hours.