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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Link Between Balance and Back Function

Your balance reveals a lot about your back function. For a number of individuals, standing in certain positions or holding particular postures can be hard to stay steady or upright.

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What can an initial assessment tell you?

We all know exercise is beneficial for a number of reasons, however, sometimes it’s hard to know what exercises we should be doing to improve our individual health and wellbeing. This is where an initial assessment can help.

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Hear from a veteran family

Nearly one in four people who access support at Mates4Mates are family members of veterans impacted by service. When veterans are dealing with serious mental health issues or injuries, the dynamics of their family unit can be significantly altered. But with the right support, there is a way forward, as Anna Douglas discovered.

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.