We provide free rehabilitation and support for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) and Defence Reserves members. If your injury or illness is a result of your time serving in the ADF or Defence Reserves, you may be eligible for rehabilitation and support services.

Some former ADF members are also eligible for rehabilitation under the Veterans’ Vocational Rehabilitation Scheme (VVRS). The scheme helps former and transitioning ADF members return to work, find new work or take on more hours.

To make a claim or find out if you are eligible for rehabilitation and support, register for MyService.

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What is included in rehabilitation?

Your rehabilitation plan will be designed around your needs. Some of the services it might cover include:

  • medical treatment
  • physical therapy
  • pain management
  • counselling
  • lifestyle or hobby programs
  • access to support or medical appliances and aids
  • vocational rehabilitation.

How does DVA rehabilitation work?

When you make a claim for rehabilitation with us, we will connect you with a rehabilitation coordinator. After that, it’s a 4-step process.

1. Referral

Your DVA rehabilitation coordinator will refer you to a local rehabilitation service provider to assess your needs.

2. Assessment 

A service provider will assess your medical, therapeutic or vocational rehabilitation needs. 

3. Plan 

You will work with your coordinator to make a rehabilitation plan, which will include your rehabilitation program, and your rights and responsibilities. Your plan can be updated if your circumstances change.

4. Plan updates and closure

When your rehabilitation goals have been achieved, you can talk to your rehabilitation service provider about ending your plan. 

To find out more about our rehabilitation services call DVA on 1800 555 254 (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm).

More information

Pensions and compensation

For information about pensions, incapacity payments and compensation for service-related illness or injury, you can access:

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Other resources

 - Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) 

 - PTSD Coach Australia

 - Australian Defence Force Rehabilitation Program

 - Transition Support Services

 - Comcare Operational Standards for Rehabilitation Program Providers (PDF 3 MB)