Police Veterans Support Victoria Inc. (PVSV) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a peer support program to police veterans, former employees and families of Victoria Police, through Veteran Peer Support Officers (VPSOs), who work as volunteers.
It also issues eligible police veterans (including veteran Protective Services Officers) with the Veteran Benefit Card. Read more about the card and apply here. There is no charge for the services provided by PVSV.
VPSOs are police veterans available to provide confidential support and referral services to those that may be experiencing mental health issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance abuse. VPSOs are not counsellors and do not make psychological assessments.
VPSOs have access to various resources including psychologists, clergy and other support services. They also have great communication skills and have been trained in psychological first-aid, suicide awareness and problem solving. Read more about VPSOs and how to become one here.
The Executive Officer of PVSV is responsible for managing PVSV’s overall operations, including fundraising, and reporting to the Board. Phyllis Campbell-McRae is the current Executive Officer and she has worked almost exclusively within the not-for-profit and charity sectors for thirty years. Phyllis has worked with a number of organisations including Amnesty International, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, and a range of health advocacy and peer support organisations.
Victoria Police currently provides a staff member for the PVSV Program Coordinator role – a full time, qualified health practitioner who provides the day to day management of the program. The role also covers the recruitment, training, supervision, client matching and general clinical support of the program’s volunteers.
PVSV’s income is currently derived from the extremely generous donations received through the Head to Head Fundraising Walk 2018. You can continue to donate to PVSV here and assist in expanding and professionalising the services it provides to police veterans battling mental health issues.
PVSV is proudly supported by Victoria Police, The Police Association of Victoria and Retired Police Association of Victoria.
Simple activities such as sharing a coffee or catching up for a chat, helps to keep people connected and creates an opportunity to have important conversations about wellbeing. These are the moments when people often ask for help or reach out.
About the Board
PVSV is governed by a board, which is responsible for directing, influencing, and monitoring the organisation’s business.
Chair Mr Gerard Ryan Detective Superintendent 16740 (Retired)