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Vol 31 No.3 Spring 2015

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A Premiere Performance

On 4 August the international premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony was held in the iconic Hagia Irene, in Istanbul’s Topkapi Palace.

Mothers in the MEAO

The deployment of Australian female service personnel to areas of conflict is a relatively recent occurrence. Around 3000 women were deployed to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) between 2001 and 2009.

Letters to the editor

  • Which index?
  • Stamp duty concessions
  • First combat deployment to Vietnam

News from the Department

Simon Lewis, PSM - Secretary Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Pensions and allowances rise

Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 September 2015 following the latest round of indexation adjustments.

News from the Minister

Newly appointed Minister for Veterans' Affairs, The Hon. Stuart Robert MP, outlines six priorities for veterans’ affairs over the next 12 months.

Helping children reach their potential

DVA provides educational assistance to eligible children and step-children of certain serving and ex-serving members, which aims to help these children achieve their full potential through education or career training.

Hitting timeliness targets

The Department is continuing to improve the average time taken to process (TTTP) compensation claims under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986 (VEA), the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004 (MRCA), and the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRCA).

High resilience

The High Res website provides interactive tools and videos to help users build resilience and manage stress.

Getting the mix right

The Right Mix was developed in 2001 and has been very popular in helping serving and ex-serving ADF members learn about the effect alcohol has on their lifestyle.

Long Tan Bursary now open

Applications are now open for the Long Tan Bursary, supporting the children of Vietnam veterans to undertake post-secondary study.

Meet the new Principal Medical Adviser

Dr Ian Gardner started with DVA as the Principal Medical Adviser on 29 June.

When does DVA pay for an MRI?

DVA will normally approve a GP ordered MRI if it is going to be used by a specialist and approval is sought prior to the scan being undertaken.

Largest-ever Veterans' Health Week

Veterans’ Health Week 2015 is set to be the largest yet, with more than 200 events to be staged around Australia.

In-person services in Geelong and Tweed Heads

In early 2015, DVA conducted community consultation in relation  to the provision of in-person services at Tweed Heads in NSW and Geelong in Victoria to determine whether there are more effective and sustainable ways to deliver in-person services to the veteran community in those regions.

When you see your provider

The majority of DVA health providers now use electronic means to submit claims for your treatment.

Protect and correct your hearing

It’s important to do what you can to minimise damage to your hearing so you can keep hearing well for as long as possible.

Where there's smoke...

There should be a working smoke alarm!

Playing it by ear

Vision Australia produces audio CDs of Vetaffairs each quarter on DVA’s behalf so that veterans with a vision impairment can still catch up on DVA’s news.

Caring for carers

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.

Preparing for life’s challenges

Just like physical fitness, mental fitness and resilience is something we all need to practise in order to maintain wellbeing.

Community consultation for Defence abuse victims

On 16 June 2015, the Government released its response to the Senate Committee report Processes to support victims of abuse in Defence.

The Battle of Lone Pine remembered

On 6 August 2015, Australians gathered at the Lone Pine Cemetery, Gallipoli, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine, one of the fiercest battles of the Gallipoli Campaign.

Honouring their service to France

Across Australia, 106 veterans of the Second World War have been recognised for their efforts in the liberation of France by being awarded the prestigious Legion of Honour.

Share your story

The Anzac Centenary website is featuring a series of articles showcasing communities across Australia who have undertaken Anzac Centenary projects to honour those who served in the First World War.

Service and sacrifice on the Western Front

The Sir John Monash Centre will honour the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women who served on the Western Front during the First World War.

Return to Borneo

Eight Second World War veterans returned to former battlefields in June to commemorate the 70th anniversary of their contribution to the Oboe campaign – amphibious landings of Australian troops on Borneo to liberate the island’s people from Japanese occupation.

Not just names or statistics

Vietnam Veterans’ Day (18 August) was this year commemorated, in part, with the release of a new online Vietnam War Roll of Honour Image Gallery.

Known unto God – until now

The graves of three unknowen soldiers in the Birr Cross Roads Cemetery in Belgium were rededicated on 20 September 2015, finally commemorating by name three Australian soldiers who died in the in the First World War

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travels Australia

The travelling exhibition is highly interactive and includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

A small investment

Recent statistics show that up to 25 per cent of homes are not insured,and of those that are insured, some 50 per cent are underinsured.

Suspect fraud?

DVA encourages all staff, contractors, clients, providers and members of the wider community to report suspected incidents of fraud and non-compliance.

Off the shelf

  • Barrie, John Charles: Memoirs of an Anzac: A First-hand Account by an AIF Officer in the First World War
  • Gordon-Brown, Susan: Behind the Wire
  • Longley, Paul: Not a Real War: A Sailor’s Experiences in a Soldier’s War

Claim what's yours

If you have moved often, or moved overseas, and have accounts you use rarely or not at all, your financial institution may have lost track of you. If this happens, your money can become ‘unclaimed’.

If it sounds too good to be true...

Australians lost $45 million to scams in the first half of 2015, with more than 45,000 complaints made to the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Did you live in Canberra in the ’70s or ’80s?

On 1 July 2015 the ACT Government Asbestos Response Taskforce released a register of residential addresses in the ACT affected by loose-fill asbestos insulation (also known as Mr Fluffy insulation).

2016 DVA calendar: Australia’s Home Front

Featuring photographs drawn from the collections of the Australian War Memorial, Department of Defence and State Library of Victoria, the
2016 DVA calendar honours all who have served and all those who have supported them.

News from the Australian War Memorial

Items for sale

Publications and items for sale:

  • The Memorial: beyond the Anzac legend – DVD (with bonus DVD)
  • The Changi book
  • Australians in World War II: Royal Australian Navy in the Atlantic and Mediterranean
  • Australians in World War II: United Kingdom
  • DVA Calendar 2016

Widows' news

News from the War Widows’ Guild of Australia.

Reunion notices

Medals lost and found


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