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OPERATION PTSD SUPPORT 

Carer's Support

Facebook Support Page and Private Forum


Operation PTSD Support currently has two facebook pages. One is Op PTSD Support Page which is open to the public and the other is a private facebook support group. The second group is a forum, ONLY for partners and carers of Veterans with PTSD Averaging about 400 active members at any one time, our private group has members ranging from 19 through to 75 years of age, which means there is always someone you can relate to and talk to. All members are in the same boat and are living with and loving someone with PTSD. For further details on this private support group you will need to send a message to Donna Reggett through the Op PTSD Support page.




Reading Resources


OP PTSD has a range of resource books that it donates to libraries in districts and schools, some may be available for your use depending on your location. For a list of reading material that can be purchased online please click here




Social Inclusion Events & Activities


OP PTSD Support organises many social inclusion events and activities that our members enjoy. Coffee mornings, luncheons, craft groups, dance classes, self-esteem boosting activities, social get togethers and other fun activities are held regularly. Whilst we occasionally hold a function where your partner (the PTSD Sufferer) is invited, these respite events are normally catered only for the carers. To see a list of our current events please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/opptsdsupport/events/




Respite Retreats


We raise money to fund 4 major respite retreats, for our members, in Australia each year. These are held at St George Defence Suites at Rainbow Bay (Gold Coast) in February, May, August and November each year. Other craft and sewing retreats are held throughout the year. To see a list of our current events or to learn more please visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pg/opptsdsupport/events/




Debt Assistance Information


OP PTSD Support is unable to support our members with grant money to cover debt, however our welfare officers are able to help you apply for assistance through many other organisations. Please contact Donna or Jenny for further information.




Discounted Legal Assistance


We are supported by Richard Zande & Associates Ipswich who assist our members, with their legal issues and queries, all at discounted rates. Whilst they specialise in family, estate law, criminal law and conveyancing, their solicitors and staff are also knowledgeable in military law, military compensation and ComSuper. If you are in need of legal advice please visit Richard Zande & Associates at http://www.richardzande.com.au 07 32811633




Raising Awarness


OPPTSD is currently trying to raise awareness with local councils and authorities in regards to: Real support and education for the families when a veteran is diagnosed, assistance whilst the veteran is in hospital, through the transition process and beyond. Real support that is practical and helpful. Housing: When a member is medically discharged at Category A, unable to work, their incapacity payments do not include rent assistance as their wages did when serving. If these troops do not have a home, their chances of ever getting one diminishes. We are asking for some assistance by providing access to housing in a similar way to housing commission or state housing, or assisting with rent buy schemes.





 
 

Our Mission

 

"We believe by supporting  the carer,

they are able to continue caring for the Veteran" 

Our Mission Statement is

  • To raise funds to assist with the respite for partners & carers of incapacitated Australian Veterans. 

  • To organise respite retreats and social inclusion events for partners & carers of incapacitated Australian Veterans.

  • ​To  educate partners & carers and the general community on PTSD and Mental Health First Aid.

  • To raise funds to purchase resources for partners & carers of incapacitated Veterans & place them in libraries throughout Australia.

  • To assist with emergency crisis care for partners and carers of incapacitated Australian Veterans - up to 3 nights. 

  • To raise awareness of PTSD and other mental health conditions diagnosed in Australian Veterans

 

Operation PTSD Support was founded by Donna Reggett in August 2013. 

To see our privacy policy please click here. 

Our Events

We hold 3 major Respite Retreats a year
Bali - February
Rainbow Bay -  May (Subsidised)
Rainbow Bay -  November (Subsidised)
We organise regular Respite Events  which include
Coffee Outings, Yoga & Meditation, Dancing Classes, 
Luncheons, Self Esteem Boosting Activities, Craft Activities, Functions,
and many more fun activities. 
To See Current Events Visit Our Facebook page.  - https://www.facebook.com/opptsdsupport/
 

Upcoming Events

  • Partners Respite Retreat. Halloween
    Partners Respite Retreat. Halloween
    St Georges Defence Units
    26 Oct, 12:00 pm – 31 Oct, 9:00 am
    St Georges Defence Units , 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    5 day fun themed get away with other partners who understand the life of a carer, caring for an incapacitated veteran. Costs vary and are based on many factors. Financial assistance may be possible. . A non refundable ( unless border closures ) deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single.
  • Bird and Wildlife Photographic Tour
    Bird and Wildlife Photographic Tour
    Smithfield
    10 Oct, 9:00 am – 11:30 am AEST
    Smithfield, Dunne Rd, Smithfield QLD 4878, Australia
    Veterans Health Week Event : Ever wanted to learn about photographing birds and animals. Now is your chance to get a taste of it with a world renown guide and photographer.
  • Mum and Kids Getaway Weekend.
    Mum and Kids Getaway Weekend.
    Coolangatta
    13 Aug, 5:00 pm – 15 Aug, 9:00 am
    Coolangatta, St Georges Rest Home, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    No excuse not to get away, you can bring the kids (up to 15 but call if older) along to this one. A weekend with others living in similar situations. This is for partners / widows of veterans and their children needing a getaway. See conditions
  • Partners craft and sewing respite retreat Aug 2021
    Partners craft and sewing respite retreat Aug 2021
    St Georges Defence Units
    07 Aug, 2:00 pm AEST – 13 Aug, 9:00 am AEST
    St Georges Defence Units , 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 6 day sewing and craft themed get away with other partners who understand the life of a carer, caring for an incapacitated veteran. Costs vary and are based on many factors. Financial assistance may be possible. . A non refundable deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single. Shared Room $230
  • Breakfast At Tiffanys
    Breakfast At Tiffanys
    High Tea at Tiffany's
    13 June, 9:00 am – 11:00 am AEST
    High Tea at Tiffany's, 27 Discovery Dr, North Lakes QLD 4509, Australia
    Come join other partner/carers for breakfast or a high tea. Stay for just tea or coffee or enjoy some great food.
  • Partners Respite Retreat. MAY. 2021. MEXICAN Theme
    Partners Respite Retreat. MAY. 2021. MEXICAN Theme
    St Georges Defence Units
    01 May, 7:00 pm
    St Georges Defence Units , 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 5 day Mexican themed get away with other partners who understand the life of a carer, caring for an incapacitated veteran. Costs vary and are based on many factors. Financial assistance may be possible. . A non refundable ( unless border closures ) deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single.
  • Snowy Mountains ACT and Surrounds Lunch
    Snowy Mountains ACT and Surrounds Lunch
    Hellenic Club of Canberra
    20 Mar, 11:00 am AEDT
    Hellenic Club of Canberra, Matilda St, Phillip ACT 2606, Australia
    Partners of PTSD in and around Canberra, lunch and catch up. All welcome to have a lovely lunch and chat. Just confirm numbers for the booking. Pay for your own lunch and drinks.
  • Charity Wills Day
    Charity Wills Day
    Ipswich
    09 Mar, 9:00 am
    Ipswich, 42 Ellenborough St, Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
    Richard Zande and Assoc are holding a charity wills day with ALL funds going to Operation PTSD Support. $50 for a basic will or Power of attorney. A huge saving on usual fees and best of all Operation PTSD Support benefit.
  • Bali Partner Time Out  2021
    Bali Partner Time Out 2021
    Rama Beach Resort
    21 Feb, 7:00 am – 11:00 am
    Rama Beach Resort , Bali, Indonesia
    A respite break for the partners of veterans and first responders with PTSD. This break away is not subsidised or run by OPPTSD. This is the platform to get the group together as well as get a good price for accommodation. Book your own airfare and stay the minimum of the advised dates.
  • Respite Retreat Rainbow Bay February 2021
    Respite Retreat Rainbow Bay February 2021
    St Georges Defence Units
    02 Feb, 9:00 am – 07 Feb, 1:00 pm
    St Georges Defence Units , St Georges Rest Home, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 5 day Pink themed get away with other partners who understand the life of a carer, caring for an incapacitated veteran. A maximum cost of $220 pp in shared accommodation or $400 in single accommodation. A non refundable ( unless border closures ) deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single.
  • Sewcial Sewing Retreat
    Sewcial Sewing Retreat
    St Georges Rest Home
    30 Jan, 10:00 am – 02 Feb, 12:00 am
    St Georges Rest Home, St Georges Rest Home, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    Back to basics for a refresher then on to some fun sewing with the group.
  • Christmas Lunch
    Christmas Lunch
    CSI - Club Services Ipswich
    06 Dec 2020, 11:40 am
    CSI - Club Services Ipswich, 5 Lowry St, North Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
    Come join us for a fun lunch to celebrate this last weird year. This event is for the partners caring for an incapacitated veteran.
  • Fire Twirl and BBQ
    Fire Twirl and BBQ
    St Georges Defence Units
    06 Nov 2020, 5:20 pm
    St Georges Defence Units, St Georges Defence Units, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    Its Veterans Health Week, Join us for a Fire twirling lesson followed by a bbq at the beautiful St Georges Defence Units at Rainbow Bay. Lets Socially Connect Safely.
  • Respite Retreat Rainbow Bay November  2020  (1)
    Respite Retreat Rainbow Bay November 2020 (1)
    St Georges Defence Units
    03 Nov 2020, 2:00 pm – 08 Nov 2020, 12:00 pm
    St Georges Defence Units , St Georges Rest Home, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 5 day cruise themed get away with other partners who understand the life of a carer, caring for a veteran with PTSD. A maximum cost of $175 pp in shared accommodation or $350 in single accommodation. A non refundable ( unless due to covid ) deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single
  • Veteran Health Week.  Social Inclusion COOMA RSL
    Veteran Health Week. Social Inclusion COOMA RSL
    Cooma Ex-Services Club
    01 Nov 2020, 11:20 am
    Cooma Ex-Services Club, 106 Vale St, Cooma NSW 2630, Australia
    Get out and socialise. join us at Cooma RSL for a yummy lunch and great conversation. 11.30- 1.30 This is a sponsored event for Veterans partners/carers
  •  TOWNSVILLE.   Veterans Health Week. Ceramic Tea Party
    TOWNSVILLE. Veterans Health Week. Ceramic Tea Party
    The Ceramic Pantry
    31 Oct 2020, 11:00 am
    The Ceramic Pantry, 12-16 Fulham Rd, Pimlico QLD 4812, Australia
    Veterans Health Week. Sponsored Event Socialise at the Ceramic Pantry with amazing people, good food, lots of fun and make something to take home.
  • VETERANS HEALTH WEEK  ZOOM PIZZA PARTY
    VETERANS HEALTH WEEK ZOOM PIZZA PARTY
    OPPTSD Zoom Pizza Night
    27 Oct 2020, 6:00 pm AEDT
    OPPTSD Zoom Pizza Night
    If you are living in Victoria, Tasmania, SA, WA or NT Zoom in and join us for Pizza and fun. Some online games and Pizza delivered. Prizes to be won. This is part of Veterans Health Week Social Connections.
  • Sydney Social Connections Lunch
    Sydney Social Connections Lunch
    Plough and Harrow
    01 Nov 2020, 12:00 pm
    Plough and Harrow, 75 Argyle St, Camden NSW 2570, Australia
    Come and have lunch at the Plough and Harrow Camden or Zoom in to join

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Our Sponsors

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Thank you for your support 

  • Little Characters Child Care Centre  $1000

  • Ipswich Railway RSL Sub Branch   $1000

  • RSL Queensland -  Major Sponsor for Operation PTSD Support Inc. 

 

Resources

 Email us to see a list of books available to loan in your area.