Defence vets find 'head space' in Jarrahdale bushland

Challenges faced by defence force personnel transitioning back into society at the end of their service are well known but rarely easily solved. 

A unique facility at Jarrahdale south-east of Perth is putting building blocks in place to ensure that transition is as smooth as possible. Located in idyllic bushland, the Recovery and Restoration Veterans Transition Centre offers former and current service personnel the opportunity to access a range of counselling services, to undertake vocational rehabilitation, work in men’s and women’s sheds, and, if necessary, a quiet and safe spot in which they can find “ head space.”  

Partnership and Relationship Manager Greg Green said the Centre served a simple but highly important purpose. 

“The philosophy is simple – to support and provide pathways and opportunities for our members, both ex and existing defence force personnel to transition from the military back into the community,” Green said. 

WA Mineral Sands producer Doral provided financial assistance, along with kitchen cabinetry, solar panels and other building materials to help fit out the Centre’s communal kitchen.

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