PTS 17 FORUM - RADIO INTERVIEWS OF NOTED PERSONS

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Steve Austin broadcast his ABC Radio 612 4QR Brisbane breakfast show from, the PTS Forum in Brisbane on 8th September 2017.  You can listen to the broadcast here
Steve is a respected and noted questioning and searching interviewer of his guests as you will hear. He has obviously researched the subject and asks searching questions that expose the facts of PTS on everyone.

He interviewed the following persons:
1. Kerri-Ann Welch (start at 22.15 minutes)

2. The White Cloud Foundation ( from 23.12 minute)

3. Dan Tehan (DVA Minister) (from 36.55 minute)

4. Tony Dell ( Principal Stand Tall) (from 53.55 minute)

5. Combat Stress (from 1 hour.01.26 minute)

6. Cameron & Melissa Smith. RAAF Veteran PTS husband and his wife relate their family experiences (from 1.07.00 minute)

7. Richard McLaren – RAAF Vietnam and after service a photographer of display Before/During/After Service (from 1.36.26 minute)

8. Stuart McCarthy & Prof Jane Quinn on neuro-toxic medications Mefloquine (from 1.45.10 minute and ends at 2.02.00)

9. AVM Tracy Smart Commander Joint Health and Surgeon General of the Australian Defence Force. (from 2.03.55) on resilience and questioned on Mefloquine,

10. Dr Justine Evans (Gallipoli Medical Research Foundation) and Dane Christison (Principal of Thrive to Survive Nation) (from 2. 14.15 to the end of the broadcast. This is a must listen to.interview that reveals Dane's (a younger PTS veteran) self funded contribution to helping others.

70th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping: Thursday, 14 September 2017

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Monday, 11 September 2017

A national commemorative service to mark the 70th Anniversary of Australian peacekeeping will be held at 10:00am on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at the new Australian Peacekeeping memorial on Anzac Parade in Canberra. A dedication ceremony for the new memorial will be included in the commemorative service.

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The public event will be attended by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan, former and current peacekeepers, and their families.
Live stream coverage of the service will be available on the Department of Veterans' Affairs and the Australian War Memorial websites.
Interview and photo opportunities can be arranged with peacekeepers who are attending the national service, if requests are submitted to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs by 5pm Tuesday, 12 September 2017.

Program:
The Australian peacekeeping week program includes:
11 – 16 September – Australian War Memorial Peacekeeping Photographic display
11 September – Australian Peacemaker and Peacekeeper Veterans Association National Conference
12 September – Australian Peacemaker and Peacekeeper Veterans Association National AGM
13 September – Australian War Memorial Peacekeeping Remembrance Service (7.30am)
14 September – Dedication of the Australian Peacekeeping Memorial and Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of Australian Peacekeeping (10.00am)
14 September – Australian Peacekeeping Memorial Project - National Peacekeeping Reception (noon)
14 September – Australian War Memorial Last Post Ceremony dedicated to a Peacekeeper (5.00pm)
16 September – Police ‘Wall to Wall - Ride for Remembrance’
15 – 16 September – United Nations Association of Australia National Conference

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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.

Dan Tehan - World Suicide Prevention Day

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10 September 2017

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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today used World Suicide Prevention Day to outline the mental health support available to current and former members of the Australian Defence Force and their families.

“Suicide affects all areas of our community – eight Australians a day take their own lives and it remains the greatest cause of death for men between the ages of 14 and 44,” Mr Tehan said.

“As we have seen, veterans and members of the ADF are sadly not immune. We are determined to address suicide in our community and everyone has a role to play.

“The Government has made the treatment of all mental health conditions free for anyone who has served at least one day in the full-time ADF. I encourage all veterans to contact DVA by email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 133 254 or 1800 555 254 for regional callers.

“Current and former ADF members and their family members can access free and confidential counselling and support immediately through the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 1800 011 046 or by visiting the VVCS website.

“DVA also provides suicide awareness training through Operation Life. The Operation Life website helps people understand the warning signs of suicide and provides information and resources to help keep the reader and others safe from suicide,” Mr.Tehan said.

Information about Operation Life suicide awareness workshops is available on the VVCS website or by calling 1800 011 046.

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

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Please see the following files attached:
[Tehan Media Release - World Suicide Prevention Day FINAL.pdf]
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DVA Minister - Addressing the National Servicemen’s Association

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Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today thanked the Nashos for their service as he addressed the National Servicemen’s Association National Council Meeting in Canberra.

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“Australia has seen four periods of compulsory military service and the most recent schemes, in 1951–59 and 1964–72, saw tens of thousands of National Servicemen, or ‘Nashos’, serve our nation,” Mr Tehan said.
“Australia honours the service and sacrifice of those who took part in the schemes, and we remember the more than 200 men who laid down their lives for our nation.
“Nashos are an important part of our military history and Australia owes a great debt to the Australians who underwent training and served our nation.”

Mr Tehan also told the meeting the time had come for Australia’s numerous veterans’ organisations to speak with one voice through a peak national organisation.
“In other countries, veterans’ organisations have united together into a national confederation or association with the varied and differing needs of each group within the community putting forward their needs through a single body,” he said.

Mr Tehan outlined recent Government initiatives to provide more support and services to veterans and their families.
“This year’s Budget made treatment for all mental health conditions free to anyone who has served at least one day in the full-time Australian Defence Force,” Mr Tehan said.
The Government also provided $8.5 million so partners and children of our contemporary veterans, who have had at least one day of full-time service, can access the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service.
“The Government has also provided a $166.6 million investment for the first stage of reforming DVA’s processes and IT infrastructure to improve how veterans experience making a claim.”

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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