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Operation Compass is a Commonwealth trial through the Northern Australia Primary HealthCare Network.
Operation Compass acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the land we live and work on.


The Community Response Campaign is designed to encourage and support ex-ADF members, their families and the wider community to discuss, trial and conduct events and activities that intend to improve the well-being and health of the wider defence community. Enhancing the current community level response is anticipated to support and/or streamline the connection of individuals and/or their families to community support. It is envisaged that the best ideas will come from ex-ADF members and families themselves.

Information/ideas identified through this process will assist in reducing gaps in services and in creating support services for ex-ADF members in their transition, connection and adaption to life in Townsville with purpose and meaning (well-being).


How will it happen?


1) VVCS-led Peer Network

  • Trial the establishment and coordination of a Veterans & Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) led Peer Network in the Townsville region with a specific focus on the current and ex-serving ADF community.


2) Collaborative engagement of VVCS with Townsville Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN)

  • A collaborative engagement of VVCS with the TSPN to support the inclusion of defence related information in training and resources for Emergency Service providers.