Veterans services

RDNS understands and respects that veterans, war widows and widowers have often experienced lifechanging events that can be difficult to deal with.

We are here to provide you with the home nursing and support you need in the comfort and privacy of your own home.


There is no cost to veterans, war widows or widowers who are eligible under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Community Nursing Programme. If you are a not eligible for the programme, RDNS can still provide your nursing care privately, on a self-funded basis.


Eligibility is dependent on the type of Repatriation Health Card (gold or white card) you have, the kind of residence you live in and if you are currently receiving any other types of healthcare. We’ll consider your situation to determine if you are eligible.

The care we provide

We provide health and personal care so you can keep living your life with dignity and independence. An RDNS nurse will visit you and discuss your needs. We can help you with personal care, wound care, diabetes, palliative care, continence management and much more. We’ll be respectful of your privacy and comfort every step of the way.  For more information about the services RDNS provides, click here.


RDNS visits veterans across the Melbourne metropolitan area and the Mornington Peninsula. We also provide services in parts of New South Wales, Western Australia, Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia – for more information about these locations, visit

Arranging a home visit

All you have to do is call us on 1300 33 44 55. Our telephone lines operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you can’t make the call, a family member or carer can arrange a visit for you. Following that, we just need a written referral for you (required by the DVA) from your doctor or another DVA-authorised person.

You can also be referred to  RDNS by a doctor, a hospital discharge planner, nurse practitioner or a Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) assessment agency. Your RDNS nurse will provide constant feedback to your doctor and keep in regular contact with them. Your healthcare will be regularly reassessed so you always receive the best treatment possible.

If you are a health professional who wants to refer a veteran to RDNS, please call our health professionals line: 1300 NURSING (1300 687 746)

Other places that can help:

If you need domestic assistance, respite care or safety-related home and garden services, please contact Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) on 1300 550 450.      .

For other information relating to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, visit or call 13 32 54.