Mental health and hospital referrals

Referrals may be required to other mental health or hospital services.

Inpatient and rehabilitation services

If hospitalisation is required for non-emergency situations, there are veteran specific mental health inpatient treatment programs. To find out their locations call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372). It is recommended that all providers consider concurrent psychosocial and/or vocational rehabilitation services early on in treatment. DVA can offer extensive rehabilitation services for entitled veterans.

General mental health providers

Several mental health peak bodies provide an online facility that allows users to find an accredited specialist near them.

The Australian Psychological Society provides a Find a Psychologist website.

The Australian Association of Social Workers allows users to find a mental health trained social worker.

Occupational Therapy Australia also allows users to locate an accredited mental health occupational therapist.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists website has a link that helps users find a psychiatrist.


If a veteran patient requires hospitalisation for a mental health condition, there are veteran specific mental health wards and treatment programs. To find out their location, call DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).

See also

  • textbooks

    Assessment and treatment

    Recommended evidence-based treatment for common mental health issues specific to veterans. Drawing upon the latest Australian and international best practice guidelines for the treatment of common mental health problems by qualified health professionals.
  • call us 1800 011 046


    Open Arms can provide individual, couple and family counselling to help improve your resilience, as well as enhance your mental health and wellbeing. Call 1800-011-046 for free and confidential 24/7 support.
  • Treatment programs and workshops

    Open Arms offers group treatment programs and educational workshops, relationship retreats, and suicide prevention workshops.