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Provided below are links to the most recently issued media releases, speeches and other announcements. (See also Previous years' media centre items)

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22 July 2019

Veteran-specific lifeline Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling has successfully retained its Mental Health Accreditation under the National Standards for Mental Health Services (NSMHS).

Media release - Open Arms retains mental health accreditation

8 July 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester today welcomed the appointment of Christine Morgan as the new National Suicide Prevention Adviser.

Media release - Mental health and suicide prevention a welcome national priority

4 July 2019

The Coalition Government today tabled in Parliament the final Productivity Commission report into Compensation and Rehabilitation for Veterans — A Better Way to Support Veterans.

Joint media release — Productivity Commission report into Compensation and Rehabilitation of Veterans released

1 July 2019

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel Darren Chester has welcomed the focus on Australian veterans during the swearing in of the nation's 27th Governor General, David Hurley.

Media release - Minister welcomes support for veterans from Governor General

1 July 2019

IMPROVEMENTS to how veterans and their families access services and support will continue with funding committed for the ongoing transformation of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) secured until 2021.

Media release - Making it easier for veterans to access support

1 July 2019

SUPPORT for veterans’ health and wellbeing will be boosted through a range of new initiatives coming into effect today.

Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester said from July 1, anyone who transitions from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will have access to an annual Veteran Health Check for the first five years following their transition.

"This is an expansion of the current program which is a one-off health check, and allows General Practitioners (GPs)...

30 June 2019

TOMORROW the nation marks Reserve Forces Day, recognising the essential role our Navy, Army and Air Force Reservists have played in theatres of war, conflicts and peacekeeping.

Media release

28 June 2019

After almost a decade of enhancing the services and support provided to veterans and their families, and the broader ex-service community, Major General Mark Kelly AO DSC will pass the Repatriation Commissioner mantle to Mr Don Spinks AM.

Media release - Outgoing Repatriation Commissioner thanked for dedicated service

28 June 2019

Today marks a century since the Treaty of Versailles was signed, formally ending hostilities during the First World War between the Allied powers and Germany.

Media statement — 100 years since the signing of the Treaty of Versailles

27 June 2019

The health and wellbeing of veterans and their families is a high priority for the Morrison Government.

Media statement — Veteran Treatment Cycle initiative

27 June 2019

THE government has no plans to change the travel entitlements of Australia’s four living Victoria Cross recipients.

Media release — No changes to Victoria Cross recipients’ travel entitlements

26 June 2019

Opening statement by the Minister for Veterans and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester at the Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit.

Media release — Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit statement

25 June 2019

The Veteran Mental Health and Wellbeing Summit will bring together key stakeholders at Parliament House to improve services and support to those who have served in the Australian Defence Force.

Media release — Veterans' Mental Health Summit to inform government's strategy

21 June 2019

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.

Media release — Free annual health checks for personnel leaving defence force

19 June 2019

MORE than 75,000 veterans are now accessing assistance through the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) online claiming platform, MyService.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

18 June 2019

The assistance dog trial helping veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is under way in Victoria and showing positive signs during the initial phases.

Joint media release — Assistance dogs-in-training to support our veterans

18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

18 June 2019

Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of veterans will be the key focus for this years’ Veterans’ Health Week to be held from 26 October to 3 November 2019.

Media release — Veterans’ Health Week to focus on mental health

12 June 2019

The ex-service community will benefit from the wealth of public and private sector experience of its new Returned and Services Leagues of Australia (RSL) National President Major General Greg Melick AO RFD FANZCN SC.

Media release — New National President for the RSL appointed

10 June 2019

Later this month, National PTSD Awareness Day will encourage us all to recognise the effects post-traumatic stress can have on some Australians.

Letter to the Editor — Veteran Mental Health Support

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