Respect and recognition
Each Anzac Day, we recognise and honour the service of veterans and their families in appreciation of their contribution to our country and our way of life. It is a day to pause and reflect in commemoration.
It is wonderful to see Australians of all ages come together to pay their respect at Anzac Day ceremonies across the country and overseas.
The 2021 Census identified that there are around almost 48,000 people in South Australia who have served in the Australian Defence Force. The veteran community includes their partners, children, parents, siblings, friends and carers.
The latest census data also identified that approximately 50% of veterans are no longer of working age.
As the veteran community ages, home care services are available to support veterans with chronic conditions to live independently, and build on their strengths, capacity and goals. Some will have complex care needs that require additional, more intensive support.
Coordination and continuity of care services or timely support can reduce the need for hospital admission, particularly in a crisis or emergency situation, along with the associated issues and stress for the person and their carers.
Staff assisting veterans need appropriate skills, and to understand the impact of mental health conditions and the long term, residual effects of their service.
Two valuable programs that support veterans to live independently in the community are Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) and Veterans’ Community Nursing. Both programs are funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and are provided by contracted service providers to veterans living in the community.
Those who have served our country are living examples of how great challenges in life can have great responses, building resilience and strengthening communities. People come through difficult times together, building and re-building together.
We commemorate Anzac Day, in all that it represents to our community. We send our veterans grateful thanks and respect. We will not forget.
For more information, visit www.dva.gov.au
Opinion piece by Darren Birbeck
Chief Executive Officer