Wednesday, 30 August 2017

DVA handling of claims of physical and sexual abuse while serving in the ADF

DVA have changed their approach to handling claims of physical and sexual abuse while serving in the ADF.

Support and services are now simpler to access for those affected. Please see here for more information on these changes.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Operation Life Suicide Prevention Workshops

VVCS provides Operation Life workshops across Australia at metropolitan and regional locations, depending on demand.
The workshops focus on suicide prevention. They help members of the veteran community to see when someone might be having thoughts of suicide and to link them in with appropriate help. These workshops are not treatment programs.

Workshops are free and open to anyone who is concerned about family, friends, mates or others in the veteran community.
Priority is given to veterans and their families. Eligible veterans may receive assistance for travel costs.
Welfare officers, pension officers and other helpers from ex-service organisations and the veteran community are encouraged to attend.

If an Operation Life workshop is not available in your area then VVCS may be able to help you participate in a similar community suicide prevention workshop.

Information about the workshops can be found at

Friday, 18 August 2017

AVCAT 2018 Tertiary Scholarships Applications Open


The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through tertiary education. Through the generous support of the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, ex-service organisations, corporate sponsors and private donors, they provide scholarships which assist recipients to obtain the tertiary qualification they need for their chosen career.

Applications for Tertiary Scholarships for 2018 open August 18 and close on October 31 2017.

To apply for a 2018 scholarship managed by AVCAT contact their office for an application pack.
You can email them at avcat@dva.gov.au or phone on 02 9213 7999.

Find the AVCAT FAQ’s, Scholarship Terms & Conditions at www.avcat.org.au

Thursday, 17 August 2017

VVCS Webinar on Sleep Disturbance

Sleep is important to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Problems with sleep are common in the Australian adult population, with many people reporting difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep.

VVCS invites you to participate in a FREE community webinar about sleep disturbance.
Wednesday 30 August  12pm -1pm

To register and submit your questions, go to bit.ly/VVCSsleepwebinar

Monday, 14 August 2017

Engage - New Online Support Portal

Engage is an online portal that current, transitioning, and former ADF members; their families, and/or those involved in their support can use to locate support services.

Engage simplifies the process of accessing support by providing information on not-for-profit services available from a range of service providers.

Engage ‘connects’ users to support services based on different criteria including:
• Need
• Physical location – local, regional and national
• Service or support required

Engage will readily link to a range of support and services from:
• Government, including Defence and Department of Veterans Affairs.
• Not-for-profit service providers and charities.
• Other service providers who choose to participate. 

Engage is operated by the Department of Defence, with data maintained by participating service providers.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Medical Documents from Defence Archives

It has recently been discovered that when asking for medical documents from Defence Archives, they do not provide anything that is on the electronic records system jeHDI.
When queried, Defence Archives provided the following explanation:

In July 2014 Defence commenced transitioning to the Defence eHealth Data and Information System, and Defence Archives does not maintain or provide access to records stored in this system.

Firstly, members should contact the health centre of their last unit, which is usually where they had their last medical.

If you are having trouble contacting the unit or any other issues obtaining the electronic documents, then please refer your query to Joint Health Command:

email:  JHC-GHO@defence.gov.au

Compensation Advocate - Northern Territory Position Available

The Ex-Service organisations (ESOs) and the Government of the Northern Territory have combined in their effort and contributed to a fund to recruit a full time Compensation Advocate.

A Military Advocacy Services Committee has been raised, comprising representatives from the ESOs and the NT Government.
This is a new initiative and managerial structure designed to improve support to veterans in the NT.

For further further information or to apply for this position click here to view on SEEK, or
contact Michael Petherick-Collins    mpetherick-collins@bigpond.com

Applications close on 19 August 2017

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

New Link for Updates in CLIK

The Consolidated Library of Information and Knowledge (CLIK) contains legislative, policy and reference material used in providing service to the clients of the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

A new function is now available in CLIK – an ‘Updates’ page has just been added: www.clik.dva.gov.au/updates

It can be accessed from a link on the left hand side of the CLIK homepage.

CLIK can be accessed from a link found at the bottom of the DVA home page, or from the Important Links section on the right hand side of The Orderly Room.