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Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Conditional Extension to VITA Professional Indemnity Insurance


The Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association (VITA), which provides access to professional indemnity insurance for organisations that support the ex-service community with advice and advocacy distributed an email advice to its members on Tuesday 14 May 2019 outlining a conditional extension to VITA professional indemnity insurance for Level 1 and Level 2 advocates, and is provided below for your information.

The ATDP Program Support Team are available to assist ESOs and advocates with the nomination and enrolment process to access the extension of insurance cover for TIP Trained Level 1 and 2 advocates yet to transition to the ATDP.

If you require assistance please contact the ATDP Program Support team using the contact details on the ATDP website at www.atdp.org.au

Dear VITA Member,
Conditional Extension to VITA Professional Indemnity Insurance Cut-off Date for L1 and L2 Advocates
VITA has previously advised members that those TIP trained Level 1 and 2 advocates who have not transitioned to ATDP cannot be provided with Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance cover beyond 30 June this year (2019). This is because VITA cannot be certain that these advocates have kept up with legislative and/or operational changes because, with TIP’s cessation, refresher training has not been available. Refresher training (or Continuing Professional Development) is an obligation on all VITA insured TIP-trained (or ATDP accredited) advocates and an expectation of our insurer.
However, there are some TIP trained Level 1 and 2 advocates who are going to transition to ATDP and who are enrolled but have still to complete their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process; or who have agreed to be nominated by their ESO to do so. VITA has arranged for these advocates to continue to be insured because their RPL assessments will ensure they demonstrate current knowledge of legislative and operational changes since their last refresher training under TIP and the relevant level of competency. 
To ensure that only those genuinely seeking ATDP accreditation and who are undertaking the requisite RPL processes, VITA will only continue to insure L1 and L2 advocates who have been nominated by their ESO by 30 June 2019 to undertake RPL training.  Those so nominated will have until 30 June 2020 to achieve their qualification, beyond which VITA cannot offer insurance cover without an ATDP qualification.       
To access the extension of PI cover for TIP Trained Level 1 & 2 advocates yet to transition to the ATDP, ESOs must nominate the individual advocate and that advocate must fully enrol in the ATDP On-Line Management System such that they are ready to accept an RPL offer. Please be aware that should an advocate be subject to litigation, the advocate will need to authorise the ATDP to release details of their enrolment date to VITA before we can provide cover.
If a TIP trained Level 1 or 2 advocate fails to enrol for RPL before 30 June 2019 they will NOT have VITA cover until such time as they are issued with a Statement of Attainment.
To meet the requirements for continuation of VITA’s professional indemnity insurance, the authorising ESO will need to nominate each TIP-trained Level 1 or 2 advocate seeking accreditation by RPL through ATDP’s on-line nomination tool (not by email or phone), and the trainee advocate must correctly complete their enrolment form before 30 June 2019. The on-line nomination tool for the ESO to use can be accessed at www.atdp.org.au/enrolments/nomination/nomination.php  If assistance is required by ESOs or advocates they can contact an ATDP Program Support Officer whose contact details can be found at www.atdp.org.au/contact/contactForm.php
In summary:
1. VITA cannot provide insurance cover beyond 30 June 2019 for Level 1 and 2 TIP trained advocates who are not transitioning to ATDP.
2. VITA will provide insurance cover for Level 1 and 2 TIP trained advocates who are either: 
a) currently in the process of obtaining their ATDP accreditation through the RPL process, or
b) nominated by their ESO to transition to an ATDP qualification and be fully enrolled in the On-Line Management System, both before 30 June 2019.
3. Advocates in either a) or b) categories of item 2. above will not be insured beyond 30 June 2020 unless they have completed their RPL process and have been awarded their 10620NAT Certificate of Competency.
VITA believes that this extension of cover for those genuinely wishing to convert to the ATDP meets the needs of our constituency (clients, advocates, their ESOs and ATDP) without compromising our insurable risk profile. We encourage all eligible advocates to take advantage of this cover continuation, to the benefit of advocacy clients everywhere.
For all VITA member ESOs, this extra time also allows them to consider what future arrangements they may wish to put in place regarding transitioning TIP trained volunteers, that do not RPL, into advocacy support roles (which do not require professional indemnity insurance) and to develop strategies to attract suitable candidates to fill advocacy roles that they expect to need in the future.
Yours aye,
Dennis Mitchell
President
Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association Inc.
GPO Box 2272, Canberra City ACT 2601
0419 624 773

Monday, 24 June 2019

Media release- Free annual health checks

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel 
21 June 2019

Free annual health checks for personnel leaving defence force

FROM 1 July 2019, all Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel leaving full-time service can access a fully-funded comprehensive health check from a GP every year for the first five years.
Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today announced the expanded Veteran Health Checks that will help optimise the physical and mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the years following transition from the ADF.
“We know that early intervention is important in helping veterans enjoy positive health outcomes and manage their health during transition to civilian life,” Mr Chester said.
“Research such as the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme identifies that current and former ADF members benefit from more support in the first five years post-discharge.
“This is why the Government has designed the Veteran Health Check specifically for veterans so they can access a community or family GP each year at no cost.
“The Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and this is just one step we have taken to look after their mental and physical wellbeing.”
More broadly, the Australian Government provides more than $230 million a year towards veteran mental health, as part of more than $11 billion for veterans and their families in this year’s budget.
“I encourage all veterans to make the time for their Annual Veteran Health Check — get to know your GP so they can help you look after your health and wellbeing,” Mr Chester said.
“Your GP can make referrals for additional tests, treatment or assessment by other health professionals, and can refer you to relevant Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) services or programs. DVA will cover the entire cost of your Veteran Health Checks.”
ADF members who transition before 30 June 2019 will continue to be able to gain access to the comprehensive One-off Veteran Health Check (formerly known as the one-off ADF Post-Discharge GP Health Assessment) at any time post-transition.
For those in need of immediate mental health support and counselling, Open Arms – Veterans and Family Counselling Service can be contacted on 1800 011 046, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To find out more about Veteran Health Checks, please visit the AT-Ease website or call DVA on 1800 555 254.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

REDSIX - Peer support app


Open Arms are showcasing an App where peers can support each other.

Any veteran can download the Redsix App and register.
You will then be prompted to add "buddies" as support people.

The App allows you to update your mood and check in with your buddies to see how they are doing. If someone indicates they aren't doing great, the App prompts an individual's buddy to make contact.

If a person indicates that they have suicidal thoughts or feelings through pressing the black button, the App contacts our 24 hour support line to connect you or your buddy to help.


Friday, 14 June 2019

MyService - DVA Online Claiming Service


Have you tried DVA's online claiming platform MyService?

Submitting claims can require a client to answer as few as 3-7 questions compared to over 40 questions on some paper forms: https://www.dva.gov.au/myservice


Thursday, 13 June 2019

AVCAT Scholarships



Did you know grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans will be eligible to apply for the 2020 Long Tan Bursary?

Applications open 18 August 2019.
www.avcat.org.au/scholarships/scholarship-faq/

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Open Arms- Survive to Thrive Nation sponsorships


Open Arms have partnered with Survive to Thrive Nation to offer 300 Free Sponsorships onto the online program developed by veteran Dane Christison.

Click below if:

1. You are transitioning from military to civilian life (or already have transitioned)
2. If you're battling with mental health
3. Or you just want to do a program to reach your full potential and prevent problems before they occur.

Details on the program can be found here: www.survivetothrivenation.com

Monday, 3 June 2019

Computer Training - Be Connected




Much of the resource material that advocates need to access at all levels is subject to change – both legislative and policy. Government is moving to an electronic service delivery model, and ATDP’s training and professional development programs rely heavily on on-line delivery.

These factors provide irrefutable evidence that advocates must develop or maintain strong computer skills if they are to provide excellence in advocacy.
Utilising electronic devices in ATDP’s face-to- face learning activities has the potential to provide cost savings and an
opportunity to reinforce computer literacy standards amongst advocates.

But not everyone is computer savvy. ‘Be Connected’ is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world.
The ‘Be Connected’ site has online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners - the Be Connected Network - who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence.
Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others.

If you would like to access this online initiative there is further information and course material at ‘Be connected’: www.beconnected.esafety.gov.au


Friday, 31 May 2019

CPD - Continuing Professional Development



The first year of CPD (1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019) is fast drawing to a close.

It is pleasing to note that as of the 25th March - almost half of all accredited advocates who have a CPD obligation have already met the minimum CPD requirement, and that others are well on the way to achieving this milestone as well. It is important that advocates continually strive to update their knowledge and skill in order to keep up with the changing nature of advocacy, and CPD is one of the best ways of doing this.

With the above in mind, the CPD Team has recently emailed reminders to the following two groups of advocates:
- Those who have a CPD obligation, and who have completed some update modules and other CPD activities, but who have not yet met their CPD minimum requirement,
-Those who have a CPD obligation but who have not yet recorded any type of CPD activity.

These reminders are to help clarify CPD obligations and to promote the value of this work related learning and development opportunity, one that incidentally, continues throughout an advocate’s period of practice.

With just one month to go before the end of the first CPD year, both advocates and their ESOs will need to work closely together to maintain ATDP’s high standards of professional practice through active participation in CPD.

The CPD Team would like to congratulate those advocates who have met their first CPD milestone.
We also offer strong words of encouragement those who are not quite there yet - to keep going, and we also ask those who have not yet started to make a conscientious effort to do so.

Advocacy is continuing to evolve and change. CPD is a proven way by which accredited advocates can maintain and grow their skills and knowledge. The CPD team is working hard to ensure that each CPD experience is an enjoyable and worthwhile learning opportunity, and are also keen to assist all accredited advocates to get to the point where they are CPD current.

If you are having problems in meeting your CPD obligations or you have any general question relating to CPD, please contact the CPD Team at cpd@atdp.org.au


Thursday, 30 May 2019

ATDP Advocacy News



The latest edition of the ATDP newletter can now be viewed/downloaded here

Friday, 24 May 2019

Conditional Extension to VITA Professional Indemnity Insurance


The Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association (VITA), which provides access to professional indemnity insurance for organisations that support the ex-service community with advice and advocacy distributed an email advice to its members on Tuesday 14 May 2019 outlining a conditional extension to VITA professional indemnity insurance for Level 1 and Level 2 advocates, and is provided below for your information.

The ATDP Program Support Team are available to assist ESOs and advocates with the nomination and enrolment process to access the extension of insurance cover for TIP Trained Level 1 and 2 advocates yet to transition to the ATDP.

If you require assistance please contact the ATDP Program Support team using the contact details on the ATDP website at www.atdp.org.au

Dear VITA Member,
Conditional Extension to VITA Professional Indemnity Insurance Cut-off Date for L1 and L2 Advocates
VITA has previously advised members that those TIP trained Level 1 and 2 advocates who have not transitioned to ATDP cannot be provided with Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance cover beyond 30 June this year (2019). This is because VITA cannot be certain that these advocates have kept up with legislative and/or operational changes because, with TIP’s cessation, refresher training has not been available. Refresher training (or Continuing Professional Development) is an obligation on all VITA insured TIP-trained (or ATDP accredited) advocates and an expectation of our insurer.
However, there are some TIP trained Level 1 and 2 advocates who are going to transition to ATDP and who are enrolled but have still to complete their Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process; or who have agreed to be nominated by their ESO to do so. VITA has arranged for these advocates to continue to be insured because their RPL assessments will ensure they demonstrate current knowledge of legislative and operational changes since their last refresher training under TIP and the relevant level of competency. 
To ensure that only those genuinely seeking ATDP accreditation and who are undertaking the requisite RPL processes, VITA will only continue to insure L1 and L2 advocates who have been nominated by their ESO by 30 June 2019 to undertake RPL training.  Those so nominated will have until 30 June 2020 to achieve their qualification, beyond which VITA cannot offer insurance cover without an ATDP qualification.       
To access the extension of PI cover for TIP Trained Level 1 & 2 advocates yet to transition to the ATDP, ESOs must nominate the individual advocate and that advocate must fully enrol in the ATDP On-Line Management System such that they are ready to accept an RPL offer. Please be aware that should an advocate be subject to litigation, the advocate will need to authorise the ATDP to release details of their enrolment date to VITA before we can provide cover.
If a TIP trained Level 1 or 2 advocate fails to enrol for RPL before 30 June 2019 they will NOT have VITA cover until such time as they are issued with a Statement of Attainment.
To meet the requirements for continuation of VITA’s professional indemnity insurance, the authorising ESO will need to nominate each TIP-trained Level 1 or 2 advocate seeking accreditation by RPL through ATDP’s on-line nomination tool (not by email or phone), and the trainee advocate must correctly complete their enrolment form before 30 June 2019. The on-line nomination tool for the ESO to use can be accessed at www.atdp.org.au/enrolments/nomination/nomination.php  If assistance is required by ESOs or advocates they can contact an ATDP Program Support Officer whose contact details can be found at www.atdp.org.au/contact/contactForm.php
In summary:
1. VITA cannot provide insurance cover beyond 30 June 2019 for Level 1 and 2 TIP trained advocates who are not transitioning to ATDP.
2. VITA will provide insurance cover for Level 1 and 2 TIP trained advocates who are either: 
a) currently in the process of obtaining their ATDP accreditation through the RPL process, or
b) nominated by their ESO to transition to an ATDP qualification and be fully enrolled in the On-Line Management System, both before 30 June 2019.
3. Advocates in either a) or b) categories of item 2. above will not be insured beyond 30 June 2020 unless they have completed their RPL process and have been awarded their 10620NAT Certificate of Competency.
VITA believes that this extension of cover for those genuinely wishing to convert to the ATDP meets the needs of our constituency (clients, advocates, their ESOs and ATDP) without compromising our insurable risk profile. We encourage all eligible advocates to take advantage of this cover continuation, to the benefit of advocacy clients everywhere.
For all VITA member ESOs, this extra time also allows them to consider what future arrangements they may wish to put in place regarding transitioning TIP trained volunteers, that do not RPL, into advocacy support roles (which do not require professional indemnity insurance) and to develop strategies to attract suitable candidates to fill advocacy roles that they expect to need in the future.
Yours aye,
Dennis Mitchell
President
Veterans’ Indemnity and Training Association Inc.
GPO Box 2272, Canberra City ACT 2601
0419 624 773





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Thursday, 23 May 2019

DVA - Female Veterans and Veterans’ Families Policy Forum


Are you a female veteran?
If so, DVA would like to hear from you. They are looking for people from our veteran community to be involved in the next Female Veterans and Veterans’ Families Policy Forum in August.

To be part of the forum and share your insights, send your expression of interest to consultation@dva.gov.au by 31 May 2019


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Open Arms - Group Programs



Open Arms is running FREE Understanding Anxiety education and skills based group program.

To find dates, locations and more information, or to register,
call 1800 011 046 or visit bit.ly/OAAnxiety1

All current and former ADF personnel, as well as anyone in their immediate families, are able to attend this program. We will be releasing a schedule of Group Programs for the second half of the year soon and you can express interest in a future program by following the above link.


Monday, 20 May 2019

Veterans' Health Week 2019




Veterans' Health Week 201926 October to 3 November — Mental Wellness


This year Veterans' Health Week (VHW) will be held from Saturday 26 October
to Sunday 3 November and the theme will be mental wellness.

DVA will support ex-service organisations (ESOs) and community organisations with established links to the veteran community to deliver a range of events to highlight the importance of improving and maintaining good mental health.
Mental wellness is essential for an individual's overall health and wellbeing which, in turn, strongly influences our physical health and social connectedness with family, friends and community.

ESOs and community organisations can apply for VHW funding or to register an event — refer to the VHW funding and registration guidelines for more information.

The closing date for applications is Friday 12 July 2019


Friday, 17 May 2019

Statements of Principles Update

At the meeting of 9 April 2019 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

ConditionSOPs
rapidly progressive crescentic glomerulonephritis45/201946/2019
posterior adventitial heel bursitis47/201948/2019
poisoning from plants or fungi49/201950/2019
rheumatic heart disease51/201952/2019
acute rheumatic fever53/201954/2019
dislocation of a joint and subluxation of a joint55/201956/2019
joint instability57/201958/2019
gout59/201960/2019
Note: The investigation concerning 'heel bursitis' has resulted in the determination of Statements of Principles concerning posterior adventitial heel bursitis.
The investigation concerning 'poisoning and toxic reaction from plants and fungi' has resulted in the determination of Statements of Principles concerning poisoning from plants or fungi.
The investigation concerning 'dislocation' has resulted in the determination of Statements of Principles concerning dislocation of a joint and subluxation of a joint.
The above SOPs take effect from 27 May 2019.

Summary of Changes

Decided to Undertake Consultation regarding:

ConditionReasons for DecisionDate for Final Decision
anal fissureIntention to remove one or more factorsAugust 2019
obstructive and reflux nephropathyIntention to remove one or more factorsAugust 2019
The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 7 May 2019.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Open Arms - Recovery From Trauma Group Programs


Open Arms is running FREE Recovery from Trauma education and skills based group program.

To find dates, locations and more information, or to register, call 1800 011 046 or visit bit.ly/OATrauma1

All current and former ADF personnel, as well as anyone in their immediate families, are able to attend this program. 

A schedule of Group Programs for the second half of the year soon and you can express interest in a future program by following the above link.



Friday, 10 May 2019

Media Release- ASSISTANCE DOGS TO BOOST VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

MEDIA RELEASE
07 May 2019
ASSISTANCE DOGS TO BOOST VETERANS MENTAL HEALTH

Australian Defence Force veterans will have access to highly trained assistance dogs, funded by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, following a decision by the Federal Government.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said contracts were being finalised with several approved dog training organisations which would boost mental health support for hundreds of veterans suffering post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“As a government, we are determined to put veterans and their families first and we have invested significantly in mental health programs and provided free mental health care to all veterans,” Mr Chester said.

“For the first time, we have decided to provide ongoing financial support for the purchase of assistance dogs to support veterans upon recommendation of a medical specialist.

“This is an initiative which veterans have raised with me during several Roundtable discussions across Australia and I’m confident it will deliver long-term mental health benefits.

“I’ve met many veterans over the past 12 months who’ve told me their dog has helped fo save their life. Now the government will take some of the financial pressure off individuals along with voluntary and ex-service organisations which have previously funded assistance dogs from their own fundraising efforts.”

Mr Chester said DVA was finalising contract negotiations with accredited assistance dog training organisations and he expected eligible veterans would be matched with dogs in the coming months.

“This decision demonstrates we are determined to work with veterans and their families with a focus on the overall wellbeing of the individual and use more innovative approaches to issues like mental health,” Mr Chester said.

“The veteran community has been purchasing dogs for several years and the support from the Federal Government will extend the benefits to more veterans.”

The decision to fund assistance dogs for veterans on the advice of medical specialists, comes on top
of a trial being undertaken by LaTrobe University, with Federal Government support.

Mr Chester said the $2 million trial would continue and would inform future policy decisions by the
Federal Government.

“We will have up to 20 participants in that trial and it will take into account the specific needs of the
participating veteran, including the most appropriate breed and temperament of dog, and the
bonding process between the dog and participant,” Mr Chester said.

“It will help to provide the additional science and research basis for further work with assistance
dogs in the veteran community.”


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Lifeline




Lifeline has launched Australia’s first Twitter Bot that provides information for individuals supporting others who may be experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
Help is available. #BeALifeline

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Autumn edition of Vetaffairs now available


The Autumn edition of Vetaffairs is out now on the DVA website.
Check out the articles and stories and download your copy today: bit.ly/VetaffairsAutumn2019

Highlights include:

  • winners of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards
  • Details of the new Australian Veterans’ Recognition Bill 2019 and an update on the Veterans’ Recognition Package
  • the launch of the Council for Women and Families United by Defence Service
  • the launch of a dedicated Families section of the At Ease website and the appointment of Ms Gwen Cherne to the Council of the Australian War Memorial
  • In her regular column, DVA Secretary Liz Cosson AM CSC discusses the recent Productivity Commission report, DVA’s online platform MyService, Anzac Day commemorations, DVA’s Transformation journey and the Department’s plans for 2019
  • Open Arms group programs



Friday, 5 April 2019

Media Release: New research provides deeper look at serving and ex-serving community

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Thursday 4 April 2019

New research provides deeper look at serving and ex-serving community

THREE major reports from the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme were today released, providing the Departments of Defence and Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), and the broader health community, a better understanding of the health concerns of current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Centre for Traumatic Stress Studies at the University of Adelaide has led the research programme, which investigates the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of serving and ex-serving ADF members and their families.
“The reports, Technology Use and WellbeingMental Health Changes Over Time: a Longitudinal Perspective and Impact of Combat, each explored important aspects of serving and ex-serving members lives,” Mr Chester said.
“Overall, the reports confirmed that most ADF members and their families are healthy and manage transition from the military to civilian life well, but some find transition challenging.
“The reports tell us that 84 per cent of transitioned ADF personnel were engaged in some purposeful activity, with 62.8 per cent in civilian employment — which includes 5.5 per cent who had retired. And we know that only 5.2 per cent of the almost 25,000 individuals who left the ADF between 2010 and 2014 were unemployed.”
Mr Chester said the research also confirmed that more needs to be done to assist veterans and their families during the critical transition period to civilian life.
“The Government has invested in veterans and their families over successive Budgets, and as announced on Tuesday night, we have committed to a range of measures in the 2019-20 Budget,” Mr Chester said.
“This includes an additional $16.2 million in the 2019–20 Budget to support grants to not-for-profit organisations to deliver innovative programs to support veterans gain meaningful employment and $4.0 million to provide training to volunteers who work with veterans on mental health support and intervention.
“The Government is committed to putting veterans and their families first and will spend $11.5 billion this year to deliver the essential services and support they rely on.
“Importantly, since this data has been collected, the Government has funded the transformation and improvement of DVA, and increased support for mental health, transition and employment for current and former ADF members, veterans and their families.
“Defence and DVA will use the research to further develop targeted programs initiatives that benefit current and former ADF members, veterans and their families, as well as determine future research priorities.”
The $6 million Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme is jointly funded by Defence and DVA and is the most comprehensive study undertaken in Australia on the impact of military service on the mental, physical and social health of transitioned and current serving ADF members and their families.
Seven of the eight reports have now been released and are available on the DVA and the Defence websites, along with further information on the Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme. The Government will release the final report, a summary of the previous seven reports, in the near future.

About the reports:

The Technology Use and Wellbeing report is one of the first studies world-wide to investigate the use of the internet and new and emerging programs and technologies that support the wellbeing and mental health of serving and ex-serving military members.
It found that potential exists for the use of evidence-based new and emerging technologies that would help serving and ex-serving ADF members’ self-manage their wellbeing and mental health.
The Mental Health Changes Over Time: a Longitudinal Perspective report examines the shifts in mental health status over a five-year period (2010–2014) in ADF members who have transitioned out of full–time military service compared with ADF members who remain in military service.
Similar to other international military and veteran studies, the results from this report show that most people are in good mental health following discharge from active military service with some, particularly those who remain within the ADF, maintaining good health.
The Impact of Combat report examined the changes over time in the mental, physical and neurocognitive health and wellbeing of the of participants from the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) Prospective Health Study, who deployed to the MEAO between 2010 and 2012.
This report found that veterans generally experienced poorer mental health compared with those who remained within the ADF.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Stepping Out Attention Reset (SOAR) trial


Open Arms is running the Stepping Out Attention Reset (SOAR) trial nationally.

Participants will be asked to complete a computer-based training program focused on re-balancing attention to threat cues. Each participant will complete a 7 minute training session once a week for four weeks, and then complete an online questionnaire. The trial the complements an existing Stepping Out program that assists ADF personnel to transition from military to civilian life.

To sign up to take part in the trial, visit the SOAR trial website www.soar.phoenixaustralia.org.au, phone 1800 945 089 or email soar-trial@unimelb.edu.au

You can view more information about the training here:
http://minister.dva.gov.au/media_releases/2019/apr/va037.htm


Thursday, 21 March 2019

Media Release- Veteran pensions set to increase

The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
20 March 2019

Veteran pensions set to increase

Pension payments for veterans, their partners, war widows and widowers are set to increase from 20 March 2019.
The first pension paid after payday 28 March 2019 will comprise a component of both the old and new rates. The new pension rates will be fully effective from pension payday 11 April 2019.
The table below highlights the new fortnightly rates.
Service PensionOld rate (fortnightly)New rate
(fortnightly)
Increase
(fortnightly)
Single person $916.30 $926.20 $9.90
Couples (each) $690.70 $698.10 $7.40
Single person — transitional $768.00 $775.50 $7.50
Couples (each) — transitional $619.60 $625.70 $6.10
War Widows
War widow(er)'s pension $931.50 $941.60 $10.10
Income support supplement $275.40 $278.50 $3.10
Disability Pension
Total and Permanent Incapacity (Special rate) $1,408.00 $1,423.40 $15.40
Intermediate rate $956.00 $966.50 $10.50
Extreme Disablement Adjustment $777.90 $786.50 $8.60
100 per cent $500.60 $506.10 $5.50
10 per cent $56.99 $57.54 $0.55
Veteran Payment Rates
Single person$991.00$1,001.90$10.90
Couples (each)$771.90$780.40$8.50
These are the maximum rates of payment and include any Energy Supplement payable.
Pensions are indexed twice a year in March and September. For a full list of pension rates, please visit the CLIK website or call 133 254 or 1800 555 254 from regional Australia.