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Military Life

140 EpisodesProduced by Beck RaynerWebsite

Welcome to the Military Life Podcast- a podcast telling the stories of everyday Australian Military partners.Listen in to hear from others who are living this military life (Defence Life), juggling all the things on the daily, just like you and I. Let's connect and support each other by telling our … read more


70.OPEN ARMS- When, How & Who can access support services

This week's podcast episode is all about Open Arms, a FREE counselling service available to spouses, current ADF members, veterans and their families.


I talk to National Manager of Open Arms, Dr Stephanie Hodson about;


  • Who can access support and services through Open Arms
  • Why the service changed its name from VVCS to Open Arms
  • What type of support you can access in-person and over the phone
  • When you should reach out for support & some signs to look out for 
  • How to access Open Arms support and services and the process
  • Why accessing Open Arms, before you reach breaking point, is encouraged
  • The extra resources and programs available to the military community via Open Arms



Open Arms is a 24-hour, 7 day a week service. For further information or to access support and services, you can call 1800 011 046.


Please note: Anyone who has served at least one day in the ADF, their spouses and families can access support via Open Arms. Even if you are new to military life and haven't completed your paperwork (to be recognised as a couple) you can still reach out for support and Open Arms will talk you through whatever you are struggling with and also, if needed, refer you onto other services. 


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