Tuesday, 28 November 2017

VVCS Perth - PTSD Group Program for partners and families

Do you have a loved one with PTSD?

VVCS will be delivering a group program on PTSD for partners and families in Perth on Tuesday 5 December.

For more information or to register your interest, call VVCS on
1800 011 046 (during business hours) or visit www.vvcs.gov.au/Services/GroupPrograms/GroupProgramRegistration.aspx

Monday, 27 November 2017

VVCS Webinar on Exercise and Wellbeing

Did you miss the VVCS community webinar on exercise and wellbeing earlier this month? 
It’s now available for viewing! 

Simply click the link below to learn how exercise can improve your mental health and the resources available to support you.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Statements of Principles Updates

At the meeting of 11 October 2017 the RMA:

Determined Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

substance use disorder59/201760/2017
immune thrombocytopaenia63/201764/2017
These SOPs revoke the SOPs previously determined for these conditions.

Determined New Statements of Principles (SOPs) for:

ulnar neuropathy at the elbow65/201766/2017
The above SOPs take effect from 4 December 2017.

Summary of Changes

  • Summary of ChangesPDF 

Decided to Undertake Consultation regarding:

ConditionReasons for DecisionDate for final decision
chilblainsIntention to remove one or more factors7 February 2018

Completed Investigations

The above determinations conclude the previously advertised investigations into:
The above investigation notices appear in the Government Notices Gazette of 14 November 2017.

Monday, 20 November 2017

Soldier On Education Courses

Soldier On’s education courses are available to both ex service personnel and their immediate families, to assist with them finding meaningful employment.
For more info about their education programs please visit-

Thursday, 16 November 2017

All current and former ADF members with at least one day of full-time service are eligible for immediate treatment for any mental illness.

There is no need to lodge an application form, nor is there any need to establish that these conditions were caused by your service. Treatment is available for as long as it is needed.

For immediate assistance call Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service on 1800 011 046 at any time, or call DVA on 133 254 (1800 555 254 for regional areas).

Monday, 13 November 2017

Aged and Community Care

DVA provides a variety of in-home and community support programmes focused on assisting you to continue living independently by supporting your health, well being, and community connection.

You can find information about DVA administered programs and other in-home and non DVA community support services here-


Thursday, 9 November 2017

24/7 Services Hub for ex-Defence Personnel in Townsviile

Lieutenant General John Caligari AO, DSC (retired) alongside director of 'Veterans Off The Streets Australia' and committee member of Townsville RSL sub branch, Floss Foster OAM have secured the Oasis Veterans Hub

Ex-Army personnel to be supported by Oasis Townsville
Townsville Bulletin - 09 November 2017

A 24/7 SERVICES hub for ex-Defence personnel and their families in Townsville should be opened early next year, with the State Government agreeing to a site.

The Oasis Townsville (TOT) will provide a one-stop shop for welfare support and employment transition services to ex-ADF personnel and their families.

TOT will be at the former Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity lab on the corner of Darter and Colvin streets, Oonoonba.

TOT leader retired Lieutenant General John Caligari said the project was almost 10 years in the making and was the brainchild of Veterans Off The Streets Australia managing director Floss Foster and Townsville leaders of prominent ex-service organisations (ESOs).

He said TOT would be manned around the clock to provide advice and support with matters affecting transitioning and adapting to life outside the ADF.

“Many services, especially those provided by ESOs, are currently dispersed across the city from Kelso right to the CBD,” he said. “Individual organisations do some incredible work but it’s often hard for them to capture all the people they need to help. People who have mental health problems often only give it one shot to seek help and end up going to the wrong place so we need to have just one place for them to go where they’ll know they’ll be looked after.”

The building has been dormant since 2012 and it is understood it requires about $1 million in refurbishment.
Labor has committed to transferring and repurposing the site in the new year if re-elected.

Mr Caligari said he would seek the same support from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, Katter’s Australian Party and the LNP to ensure the project moved ahead.

Minister Assisting the Premier on North Queensland Coralee O’Rourke said ex-ADF personnel and their families faced unique challenges, including high unemployment, elevated risk of social isolation, drug addiction and suicide. She said Labor’s commitment to the TOT site was part of its plan to tackle these issues in Townsville.

“The hub will complement existing services … and will help fill the identified gaps in the current service provision,” she said. “The hub will also act as a co-ordination and referral service to existing programs and providers. It will also act as a social space for ex-ADF personnel and their families to interact with other veterans and also seek assistance to navigate the existing services available to them.”


Friday, 3 November 2017

Continuing Professional Development – the new ‘refresher’

Welfare and Compensation Officers and Advocates have always kept their knowledge up-to-date by attending refresher training – usually face-to-face foundation or add-on courses at the advocate’s current level.

The ATDP is introducing a new system to ensure military advocates have the latest skills and knowledge: 
Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Like all ATDP training, CPD is a contemporary learning practice. It is designed to ensure that advocates continue to provide the high-quality service that current and former ADF members and their families expect and deserve.

CPD is a points-based system – just like those used by engineers, accountants and many other professions.
Points are earned through a range of activities, such as online quizzes, attending special courses and watching video tutorials. All options are designed to reinforce and grow knowledge and skills.
The program will give advocates the greatest flexibility in what they do, and how and when they do it – online at home, or at a conference or seminar. It is tailored to suit practitioners at each level in either welfare or compensation.

Advocates will discover that acquiring points won’t take more time out of their schedule than the old system, and they will be able to say with confidence to their insurer, to their authorising organisation and to their clients that their knowledge is ‘current’.

The CPD program is expected to be rolled out in the first half of 2018.
There will be a comprehensive program of information sessions and training programs before the system comes online.