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Friday, 27 October 2017

Veterans' Forum - Adelaide


An invitation to a Veterans' Forum on Wednesday 15th November.
If you wish to attend please ensure that you RSVP as per the details on the flier.

An A4 version of the flier can be viewed/downloaded/printed here


Thursday, 26 October 2017

Round table forum for younger ex-ADF personnel


Orygen, the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health, in partnership with Phoenix Australia, Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, is working through a number of ideas to improve the transition of younger serving ADF personnel.

To ensure that young people who have experience of this process are engaged in this important work they are holding a round table forum in Brisbane in the afternoon of Wednesday 1 November 2017.

They want to hear from younger ex-serving ADF personnel about what you think of these ideas.

The round table forum will present the background to the ideas and outline the direction they are taking.

If you are aged under 25 years and have transitioned out of full-time ADF service, they invite you to register your interest to be part of this forum.

Places will be limited to enable discussion and ensure everyone has an opportunity to contribute.

To register your interest to participate, go to  www.orygen.org.au/roundtable-invitation

Monday, 23 October 2017

Advocacy News


The latest edition of Advocacy News can viewed/downloaded here

Thursday, 19 October 2017

ATDP nomination and application process


The process for applying to undertaking ATDP training is a multi-part process requiring input from a number of parties.
In order for the process to progress each party needs to ensure that they take the action necessary for the application to proceed to the next step. Much of this relies on automated emails be sent by the ATDP system.
The main issues which can cause a hiccup in the process are:

  • Incorrect email addresses being entered into the system.
    Check and double check that the email address that you are entering is correct.
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  • Automated emails going to Junk Mail folder
    Emails sent by the automated system can sometimes end up in your Junk Mail folder. Check this folder regularly to ensure that you have not missed any of these emails.

A step by step guide to the nomination/application process can be found here.
(This guide will be available ongoing via the link to the right under 'ATDP Information)

Monday, 16 October 2017

ATDP Vacancies

Are you an experienced advocate who'd like a say in the future of advocacy training?

The ATDP is seeking applications from people who would like to volunteer for the following positions:

Membership of the Capability Framework Management Group (CFMG) - two positions
Regional Manager of Regional Implementation Group 1 (Qld & NT) will also be a member of the CFMG

Position Descriptions and instructions on how to apply are available by clicking on the links below-
CFMG Member 
Regional Manager

Applications
Please send your application to   ATDP.Communications@dva.gov.au
by 2400 AEDT on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Enquiries
For both positions, please contact Roger Greene, A/g CFMG Chair on:
0411 431 189   or  cfmgchair@atdp.org.au


For more information about the CFMG click on the link below-
Capability Framework Management Group

Thursday, 12 October 2017

DRCA

 As of 12 October 2017, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) has replaced the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for current and former members who have injuries or illnesses arising from their service prior to 1 July 2004.
This new legislation will provide rehabilitation and compensation for current and former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The DRCA duplicates the SRCA, but has been modified to cover only current and former ADF members and their dependants.  Eligibility and benefits under the DRCA will be the same as those currently available under the SRCA.  Those members and dependants with existing claims and entitlements under the SRCA will now be automatically covered by the DRCA. 

The commencement of the new Act will not alter the eligibility and benefits currently available under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 or the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986.

The new Act will give the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs responsibility for all rehabilitation and compensation schemes that cover current and former ADF members and will recognise the unique nature of military service. 

Further information on the DRCA, and on making a claim for rehabilitation and/or compensation due to a service related injury or illness, can be found on the DVA website.

DRCA on DVA website
Factsheet MCS01

Monday, 9 October 2017

ATDP Vacancies



Are you an experienced advocate who'd like a say in the future of advocacy training?

The ATDP is seeking applications from people who would like to volunteer for the following positions:

Membership of the Capability Framework Management Group (CFMG) - two positions 
Regional Manager of Regional Implementation Group 1 (Qld & NT) will also be a member of the CFMG

Position Descriptions and instructions on how to apply are available by clicking on the links below-
CFMG Member 
Regional Manager

Applications
Please send your application to   ATDP.Communications@dva.gov.au 
by 2400 AEDT on Sunday 22 October 2017.

Enquiries
For both positions, please contact Roger Greene, A/g CFMG Chair on:
0411 431 189   or  cfmgchair@atdp.org.au


For more information about the CFMG click on the link below-
Capability Framework Management Group

Friday, 6 October 2017

Change from SRCA to DRCA

You may be aware that a new Act has been passed to replace the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA) for current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members with coverage under Part XI. 
The new Act, the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation (Defence-related Claims) Act 1988 (DRCA) will replace the SRCA from 12 October 2017.

The DRCA replicates the SRCA, modified to apply only to current and former ADF members and their dependants.  The commencement of the DRCA will separate compensation for current and former ADF members with service prior to 1 July 2004 from compensation available to civilians covered by the SRCA. 

It is important to note that:

  • The DRCA will replicate the relevant provisions of the SRCA, as it stands at the date of commencement on 12 October 2017. 
  • The eligibility and benefits available under the DRCA are the same as those available under the SRCA.  
  • All existing claims and entitlements under the SRCA will automatically become claims and entitlements under the DRCA. 
  • All new claims relating to service prior to 1 July 2004 will be determined under the DRCA from 12 October 2017. 
  • There will be no impact on claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 or the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.  


Please remember to use the new claim forms that reference the DRCA when you are lodging claims.  These will be available on the DVA website. 
The new Act will be available on the Federal Register of Legislation from 12 October 2017.

Click here to view/download frequently asked questions on the DRCA. 
Alternatively, you can contact  (02) 6289 4847 or email  drca.information@dva.gov.au  if you have any questions.

VVCS Webinar - Exercise and Wellbeing


Community Webinar - 1 November 2017   12pm - 1pm AEDT
 
Exercise and physical activity are essential for our health. 
While most of us know that physical activity is important for the health of our muscles and bones, exercise provides many benefits for our mental health too. 
Join VVCS at their next community webinar on Wednesday 1 November, covering the topic of exercise and wellbeing. 

For more info and to register visit bit.ly/VVCSwellbeingwebinar


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Information Session - Adelaide

ATDP Region 3 Manager, David Rye, will be conducting a ATDP Information Session in the Combined Mess at Torrens Parade Ground at 1pm Monday, 16 October 2017.

The session will provide an up-date on the program, training and RPL for anybody interested in the ATDP.

We invite ESO executives, members and advocates as well as those interested in volunteering with this program to attend.
The session is expected to last approximately one hour.

Please RSVP to  aso3@atdp.org.au  by Thursday 12 October if you will be attending.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

DVA Hearing Services Webpage Update

The Hearing Services web page on the DVA website has been updated.

www.dva.gov.au/health-and-wellbeing/medical-services-and-conditions/hearing-services

Overview
Hearing loss can have a significant impact on independence, participation in community life and the ability to communicate with others. Veterans with hearing loss can access services and support through a range of DVA programs, including the DVA Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP) and the DVA Tinnitus Program. Veterans can also access services through the Australian Government Hearing Services Program (the program) which is administered by the Department of Health.
The Australian Government recognises the importance of supporting people with hearing loss and provides high quality fully subsidised hearing devices and support through the Hearing Services Program. Under the Hearing Services Program, eligible DVA clients can select a high quality hearing device, at no cost, from an extensive range of over 200 high quality devices from the fully subsidised schedule. Device technology available on the fully subsidised schedule is constantly updated based on expert advice.
Depending on individual needs, support for eligible DVA clients may consist of:

  • a comprehensive hearing assessment;
  • an individual rehabilitation plan including establishing hearing goals and communication training;
  • advice and support about hearing loss;
  • if required, the fitting of a fully or partially subsidised hearing device;
  • if required, Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs), free of charge from the RAP;
  • free maintenance of these devices; and
  • access to additional support for more complex hearing and communications needs, such as tinnitus.
Visit the webpage for more information.