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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. 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.
  • Partners Respite Retreat. August 2021 ALL ABOUT ME
    St Georges Defence Units
    07 Aug, 2:00 pm – 15 Aug, 2:20 pm
    St Georges Defence Units , 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 5 day All About Me 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. ( exception covid)
  • Partners Respite Retreat. Halloween
    St Georges Defence Units
    25 Oct, 7:00 pm – 31 Oct, 11:00 pm
    St Georges Defence Units , 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A 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 r. A non refundable ( unless border closures ) deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Resin Cheese Board Class with High Cheese
    61 Bambrook St
    25 Oct 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    61 Bambrook St, 61 Bambrook St, Taigum QLD 4018, Australia
    Learn how to make an amazing resin cheeseboard whilst tasting some yummy cheeses with a glass of wine.
  • Veterans Health Week Social Inclusion Morning Tea with painting fun and resin art,
    17 Willaroo Cl, Flinders View QLD 4305, Australia
    24 Oct 2020, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    17 Willaroo Cl, Flinders View QLD 4305, Australia
    Come and enjoy some fun with paint and resin whilst you taste an arrangement of yummy delicacies, various teas and coffee. Make a beautiful cheeseboard or piece for the wall. Everything supplied. Just wear old clothes.
  • Sip & Pour; Veterans Health Week Social Inclusion
    105 Brisbane Rd
    22 Oct 2020, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
    105 Brisbane Rd, 105 Brisbane Rd, Booval QLD 4304, Australia
    TWO TIME SLOTS. Veterans Health Week Social Event. Come for morning tea or supper and make a resin/timber platter to take home. It's all about getting back into socialising. This event is for Legacy widows, partners of incapacitated veterans and Legatees. Cost: $5 donation to Legacy
  • Morning Tea
    Eileen Street
    24 Mar 2020, 10:00 am
    Eileen Street, Eileen St, Booval QLD 4304, Australia
    Come and catch up for a coffee or whatever and a chat. Maybe today we will go for lunch at a local pub or cafe. Children welcome Meeting at Legacy House Booval
  • Patchwork and Quilting Weekend
    Eileen Street
    21 Mar 2020, 9:30 am – 22 Mar 2020, 3:30 pm
    Eileen Street, Eileen St, Booval QLD 4304, Australia
    CANCELLED. Sorry. Come along to help make quilts for Quilts of Valour. Fabric provided please bring your sewing machine and tools
  • Brisbane North Morning Tea @ Gather and Feast
    Gather & Feast
    17 Mar 2020, 10:00 am
    Gather & Feast, 7 James St, Caboolture QLD 4510, Australia
    Come and join us for morning tea at the amazing, award winning Gather and Feast cafe in Caboolture.
  • THIS EVENT IS FULL . Sew Fun Pin cushion and scrap bin.
    17 Willaroo Cl
    11 Mar 2020, 10:00 am
    17 Willaroo Cl, 17 Willaroo Cl, Flinders View QLD 4305, Australia
    Today we will make a pin cushion and scrap bin Bring your sewing, machine and lunch. Limited numbers. Event for partners.
  • Respite Retreat Rainbow Bay May 2020
    St Georges Rest Home
    19 May 2020, 4:30 pm – 24 May 2020, 9:10 am
    St Georges Rest Home, St Georges Rest Home, 192 Marine Parade, Coolangatta QLD 4225, Australia
    A five day respite retreat to relax, learn, meet new friends, and have some fun with other partners that are caring for a veteran with PTSD. A maximum cost of $250 pp in shared accommodation or $450 in single accommodation. A non refundable deposit of $50 shared and $100 Single is required.
  • Introduction to pole
    Gravity Fitness
    29 Jul 2020, 10:20 am – 12:00 pm
    Gravity Fitness, 42 Belar St, Yamanto QLD 4305, Australia
    Come along and have a laughter filled morning learning about pole dancing, try out some moves and generally have a great time. Morning tea is included. This is a subsidised event and payments are not refundable. Numbers strictly limited due to necessity to comply with Covid 19 rules.
  • 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

Event Gallery

 

Our Sponsors

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. 

 

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