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Monday, 24 October 2016

Veterans' Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week starts today.
This year's theme is Social Connection.
The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to participate, connect and influence the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Statement from DVA regarding SRCA

DVA have had a number of enquiries through their Facebook Page recently regarding reports that DVA is making changes to the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).
The Government will be introducing a Bill to make a standalone version of the SRCA for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.
This means the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs would be responsible for all compensation Acts for ADF members. Currently, the Minister for Employment has responsibility for the SRCA.
Should the new Act be passed by Parliament, eligibility and benefits under the Act will be the same as those currently available to serving and former ADF members under the existing SRCA.
The new Act (if passed) will be the same as the current SRCA, so there will be no change to existing entitlements or access to benefits.
DVA has consulted ex-service organisations at regular national Round Table meetings, where representatives have been supportive of a standalone SRCA.
The development of the new Act was referenced in a March 2015 media release of the former Minister for Veterans’ Affairs.
The Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA) and the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act (2004) will remain in place and will be unchanged by the new Act.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

ATDP Mentor Training and RPL

ATDP Workshops:  Mentor Training and Recognition of Prior Learning
The Advocacy Training and Development Program (ATDP) is seeking applicants for upcoming mentor training and recognition of prior learning (RPL) workshops. It is hoped to hold some workshops before Christmas and there will be more next year.
The location of the workshops will be determined by demand.
It is expected that the first workshops will be in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, with other locations to follow.

Who should attend?
The workshops are for:
· mentors who are currently working with candidates who are doing their ATDP Level 1 training, and
· experienced TIP officers and advocates (Levels 2, 3 or 4) who would like to become mentors.
To be eligible to attend you need to be endorsed by an official from your ESO, such as the president or secretary.
They will also need to agree to cover your expenses if you need to travel to the workshop.

The workshop runs for two days and covers:
· Mentoring: What mentoring is and why it is a key part of ATDP; the mentor’s role and responsibilities; and how to develop and support your ‘mentee’ (which is the modern word for protégé).
· RPL: Your experience, knowledge and skills will be assessed for ATDP accreditation. You will be interviewed about your work, your TIP records will be reviewed, and you will complete some example case studies.

If you’d like to register for a workshop, please fill out the online form www.atdp.org.au/applications/eois.php  by 2400 AEDST on 23 October 2016.

To complete the form, you will need to supply details of the official from your ESO who can be contacted to endorse your nomination.
If you miss out on a workshop this time, your details will help us to plan next year’s workshops and you will be notified as soon as the dates are set.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Non Liability Health Care

DVA can pay for treatment for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and alcohol and substance abuse irrespective of when or where a current or former permanent member of the Australian Defence Force served or the type of service. Treatment is available for as long as it is needed – just follow the steps in the diagram below. To find out more, please call DVA on 133 254 or 1800 555 254 (regional callers), email nlhc@dva.gov.au or download a form at www.dva.gov.au/sites/default/files/dvaforms/D9213.pdf