About Victoria Branch
The Partners of Veterans Association of Australia, Victoria Branch Inc. was incorporated in November 2003. The Association is apolitical and non sectarian and was established to be the state body with a voice and focus for all partners of veterans and their families in Victoria.
For this purpose the objects of the Association include:-
- To confine itself to the welfare, health and special interests of current and former partners, widows/ers and their families;
- To provide support and assistance to alleviate suffering and distress experienced by
current and former partners and children of veterans and their descendants;
- To identify partners of veterans needs so that the Association is better able to represent partners of veterans and fulfil the objects of the Association;
- To provide a coordinating role in the delivery of a State information service on the health needs for partners of veterans, partner-focused organisations, governments, researchers and others;
- To provide leadership and advocacy at a State level for health and welfare, promoting
strategies, policy and program development that assists partners of veterans, the dependants and descendants;
- To act as the conduit for the purpose of representation of all partners of veterans in
Victoria and to negotiate on their behalf with ministers, departments and
instrumentalities of Australian Governments.
P.V.A. Victoria Branch has a constituency of 90,000 (approx), and the Association is the primary advocate for more than 50% of the veteran community, the partners and children of veterans.
For many, the ongoing friendships formed have enriched our lives and created a bond of hope through shared experiences. Laughter and enjoyment is also high on our agenda, as is our ability to cope with difficulties others would find insurmountable.
The P.V.A. Victoria Branch holds quarterly meetings (the management committee meets monthly), and has awareness programs across the State, to give regional members the opportunity to meet with the Executive and to raise any issues close to themselves.
P.V.A. is not gender specific and represents partners of all current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their Allies from World War 2 to present day; we are all volunteers, there is no paid staff.
The Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Study (COVVHS) is one of our initiatives, which was instrumental in ‘convincing’ the Federal Government to conduct the Vietnam Veterans Family Study.
The P.V.A. has created a network of Sub-branch/Support Groups and members throughout the nation. This network is an expansive resource of shared knowledge and experience and the Association continues to expand and maintain this network.
The Association endeavours to inform members of their rights, entitlements and avenues of support available throughout the veteran and wider community.
The P.V.A is available 24/7 to members of the Victorian veterans’ community in need, via our 1300 553 835 Phone Helpline.
The P.V.A Victoria has strong representation and links with key bodies and Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) across the state of Victoria and has especially strong links with key Ministers, who readily acknowledge our Association's work.