The National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare provides holistic services for clients including support for families. The Centre brings together specialists in one location to working as a multidisciplinary team. The specialists work together with client, their family and carers and primary healthcare providers to create one collaborative recovery team.
During a client’s time at the Centre, and beyond care with us, specialist support will continue to be provided to them and their primary healthcare providers.
Over the age of 17
Current or ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members (with one day or more of ADF service including Reservist, regardless of the type of service)
Medicare card holder (if ex-serving)
Referral from GP or ADF Medical Officer
What to expect
Once a referral is received, an NCVH Case Manager will call to go through the intake process to identify the veterans’ clinical needs and coordinate reviews with the appropriate clinicians.
When treatment is able to be started, a second phone interview will be scheduled with the Case Management team. This interview will consist of a number of additional health and lifestyle questions and takes about 30 minutes.
A general health assessment will also be completed with the NCVH Medical Director in attendance so referral and treatment within the NCVH clinical team can be prioritised.
Appointments will then be scheduled to begin care. The timeframe for appointments will depend on the veterans’ needs, demand for the services and veterans' availability.
Coordinating your care
NCVH clients will be assigned a designated Case Manager to coordinate their comprehensive assessment and treatment plan and to coordinate care across services both internal and external to NCVH. The Case Manager will work with the client, their family and caregivers to provide individually tailored assessment, support and links to programs and ensure continuity of care.
If a veteran’s clinical needs are beyond the care provided by the NCVH as an outpatient service, Case Managers will assist to facilitate referral to appropriate services, including consideration of acute inpatient care.
What to bring to your first appointment
Veterans are requested to bring:
Medicare or DVA card
Relevant medical reports or scans
ADF medical discharge summary (PM552) or MECRB medical discharge determination (if applicable)
Fussell House accommodation
Fussell House has been designed as a safe space for veterans and their families to stay together and share experiences in a friendly and relaxed environment, while receiving support and treatment from the specialist health professionals at Concord Hospital.
Veterans who are referred for treatment at NCVH from regional areas or interstate are eligible to access the accommodation at Fussell House. This is an accommodation service only and does not provide any clinical care support. A medical assessment will be done prior to your stay.
Fussell House was funded by a $6.7 million contribution from the Commonwealth Government and features 19 rooms (single, twin and family rooms) with common living, kitchen, dining and laundry spaces and an outdoor area for the exclusive use of Fussell House residents.
Lieutenant Michael Fussell
Fussell House was named after Lieutenant Michael Fussell, who was killed in action by an Improvised Explosive Device while serving with the Special Operations Task Group in Afghanistan in 2008.
Michael's family is proud and honoured that his memory will be associated with the support provided to veterans and their families through Fussell House. Fussell House is located at Concord Hospital and is managed by the Hospital and NCVH staff.
Beyond the service
After treatment at NCVH
The NCVH is a short term service tailored to the needs of the veteran or service member, with most clients receiving care for 3-5 months. We work with clients to ensure continuity of care and support beyond our services.
NCVH will transfer care to the veteran’s primary care providers including GP and other treating practitioners or liaise with ADF medical officers.
Ongoing management plans are developed for care beyond the service, with Telehealth services (or phone consultations), particularly useful to continue follow-up discussions.
Frequently asked questions
There is no cost associated with receiving treatment and services through the NCVH – veterans are required to present their Medicare Card to access the NCVH. Serving members will be provided with a DAN number for treatment.
No, veterans do not need a DVA card to access NCVH services.
For DVA card holders, NCVH will be able to provide DVA resources and support to ensure veterans receive ongoing care through DVA after their treatment at NCVH.
Yes. The NCVH strongly encourages family and/or carers to be involved and engaged with the veteran’s healthcare and treatment.
NCVH offers residential accommodation onsite at Concord Hospital’s Fussell House for veterans and their support persons/families from regional areas or interstate. Fussell House is a non-clinical place to stay together and share experiences in a friendly and relaxed environment while receiving support and treatment at NCVH.
The accommodation offers single, twin and family rooms with common living, kitchen, dining and laundry spaces and an outdoor area.
Veterans can discuss accommodation needs with a Case Manager during the intake process. The cost of the accommodation will be negotiated by the Case Manager with appropriate external services.
Yes. You will need a new GP referral.
Urgent support services
If you require urgent assistance, the following services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
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