DVA Minister Release - Recognising female veterans

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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan has today called for greater understanding of the service and sacrifice of Australia’s female veterans.

“Last year the Government held a forum with current and former female Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel and their families where our female veterans said that many did not feel they received recognition for their service,” Mr Tehan said.

“Many of our female veterans observed that when they wore their medals in public many people assumed they were wearing the medals of their father or grandfather.

“So this Anzac Day, if you see anyone wearing medals on their left side it is because they earned those medals and please tell them ‘thank-you’ for their service.

“Australian servicewomen now comprise 16.1 per cent of the permanent full-time ADF and there are currently 266 women serving overseas on ADF operations, representing about 14 per cent of the total deployed force.

“We now have 82 women in senior officer positions – colonel equivalent and above – compared to 48 in February 2012.

“As a nation we respect and honour the service and sacrifice of every man and woman who serves in defence of our nation, our freedoms and our values.”

18 April 2017

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 4546). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

VETAFFAIRS - Autumn Edition 2017

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The Autumn 2017 edition of Vetaffairs is now available on DVA's website.
You can also view this issue in interactive Realview pdf format.
You might also be interested in our online noticeboard.

Below are some of the stories covered in this issue. (Please note that to open web links on this page you may need to right click and select 'open').
Fall of Singapore
Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the national 75th anniversary commemoration service to remember those who died and suffered during the Fall of Singapore. The event took place on 15 February 2017 in Ballarat, Victoria.
On the same day, a life-size bronze statue of an elderly mother clutching a framed photo of her son killed in war was unveiled at the new Garden of the Grieving Mother in Ballarat.
Pensions and allowances rise
Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 March 2017 following the latest round of indexation adjustments.
The Digital Readiness Bill
On 29 March, Parliament passed the Digital Readiness Bill. This is an important development in giving DVA 21st-century tools to provide a 21st-century service that veterans deserve.
Decision on the Long Tan Cross site commemorations
The Vietnamese government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.
Using your DVA Health Card
There are a few things worth remembering when using your DVA Health Card.
Overseas Anzac Day services – opening times and registration
This year, visitors are encouraged to register for a free attendance pass for the services at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.
Commemorations throughout 2017
This year is the penultimate year of the Anzac Centenary commemorative period, spanning 2014 to 2018. It will feature several milestone commemorations domestically and overseas to recognise Australian service and sacrifice since Federation.

DVA Minister - Modernising rehabilitation and compensation systems delivers benefits to veterans

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Dan TehanThe time taken to process certain claims for veterans has fallen dramatically thanks to the Government’s investment in updating claims processing systems, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan announced today.

Mr Tehan said the Government had provided $23.9 million in the last Budget to replace outdated rehabilitation and compensation systems and to simplify and improve internal processes.

“Claims for non-liability health care are now processed within a day, and in some cases within 30 minutes where previously the average processing times for these claims was 18 days,” Mr Tehan said.

“Veterans seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, alcohol and substance abuse are accessing treatment faster than ever before.

“This system update is ongoing and there will be further improvements to processing times and more consistency in decision making and calculations.

The next system improvements will focus on incapacity claims review, rehabilitation, needs assessment and Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 permanent impairment processing.

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 45 46). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

2016 Census reveals how ‘average Aussie’ looks

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It’s not Paul Hogan, nor Tony Abbott and it sure as daylight isn’t a rugged bushman.

The first glimpse at census data collected last year has revealed the typical Australian is a 38-year-old married mother of two who lives in a three-bedroom house, which she owns with a mortgage.

Both her parents were born in Australia and have English ancestry.

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DVA Minister - Improved self-help resource available

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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan said improvements to an online resource for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) would better help them manage stress.

Mr Tehan said the High Res website had been updated following user feedback to make it easier to use.

"The High Res website is a valuable tool that current and former ADF personnel can use to help them manage stress," Mr Tehan said.

"Improvements to the website include a simple step-by-step guide to developing a personal action plan, tips for better sleep and self-help tools on controlled breathing, muscle relaxation, managing negative or distracting thoughts and emotions.
"Current and former ADF personnel are increasingly seeking digital support and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is meeting this growing need through a range of mental health websites and apps.

The High Res resource can be accessed through DVA’s At Ease portal 

7th March 2017

Media enquiries:
Minister Tehan’s Office: Byron Vale, 0428 262 894
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 8 8241 45 46). VVCS is a service founded by Vietnam veterans.

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