Wounded, Injured and Ill Digger

Private Liam Haven lead the parade guided by two of his best mates Private Daniel Ball (left) and Private Ian Dick (right) all from 6RAR

Army continues to learn from our experience of managing wounded, injured and ill soldiers and continues to evolve this framework as the Army Support to Wounded, Injured and Ill Program (SWIIP). SWIIP recognises that, regardless of the mechanism of wounding, injury or illness, we must work to help overcome the challenges our soldiers face on the road to recovery.

Chief of Army, Lieutenant General D. Morrison, AO

Chief of Army message

One of my greatest responsibilities and commitments as the Chief of Army is to ensure soldiers who are seriously wounded, injured and ill while in service receive the best care and support to assist them in making a full recovery.

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PTE Brodie Keating (left) and PTE Christopher Cathcart (right) carry PTE Matthre Bovell, a ‘wounded’ member of their section from 8 Platoon, Charlie Company, ANZAC Battle Group during cordon and search activities in the village of Nurgal at Cooperative Spirit 08

Support to Wounded, Injured and Ill

The Army Support to Wounded Injured and Ill Program (A-SWIIP) was established in 2008 to meet the needs of an increasing number of our wounded, injured and ill soldiers. It streamlines processes and assures our soldiers and their families that recovery needs will be met.

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Opening night of the play 'The Long Way Home'.

Australian Defence Force Theatre Project

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has established a new rehabilitation initiative known as the ‘ADF Theatre Project’ to support soldiers who have been wounded, injured or ill on operations or during service.

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Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, during the opening address for the Wounded Injured and Ill Digger Forum 2013 in Canberra.

Wounded, Injured and Ill Diggers' Forum

The Wounded, Injured and Ill Diggers' Forum provides an avenue for exchange of information and ideas between Army and its broader family. It enables wounded, injured and ill and their families to provide feedback on the key issues and concerns of members and families in the immediate aftermath of injury.

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WO2 Dennis Ramsay competes in the 5000 meter wheelchair event at the 2011 Arafura Games.


Sporting events and programs such as the Arafura Games and the Australian Defence Force Paralympic Sports Program promote and enhance the functional abilities of seriously injured members and provide valuable input into the development of Army’s own acquired disability sports programs.

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Darwin welcomed home 1200 Australian Defence Force personnel from operational deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and East Timor today with a morning parade through the city.

Support tools and organisations

In this section of the Wounded, Injured and Ill Digger page you will find support tools and links for families, assistive technology and veterans' associations.

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