- Download the whole Autumn edition (PDF 1.88 MB)
- Audio version of introduction (MP3 538 KB)
- Audio version of table of contents (MP3 3.26 MB)
Next steps for Gallipoli 2015 (PDF p.1)
The more than 42,500 Australians who applied for a place at Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015 will start to find out shortly whether they will receive a ticket. All applicants will be notified by Anzac Day this year.
How to come prepared for overseas Anzac Day services
Attending an Anzac Day Dawn Service overseas at the sites where so many Australians fought and died during the First World War is an honour and a privilege for many each year.
Reducing compensation claims processing times
Supporting clients is DVA’s core business and addressing claims quickly and efficiently is vital. DVA has undertaken significant work in past months to help streamline, simplify and speed-up its business processes in order to reduce the time taken to process claims.
Letters to the Editor (PDF p.2)
Consultation around the future of DVA shopfront services in NSW and Victoria
During March, DVA undertook a three-week consultation process to seek views on the delivery of Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) services.
DVA Canberra accommodation
DVA’s national office in Canberra will relocate from Woden to Civic in 2016. The lease at Lovett Tower expires on 30 June 2016, and after 40 years in the building, remaining in the existing accommodation would have required an extensive refurbishment of the current facilities at significant cost.
Thank you to the thousands of people who took the time to respond to the Vetaffairs survey we ran in the Summer edition of the Vetaffairs newspaper. We received more than 30,000 responses – an overwhelmingly high response.
News from the Department – Secretary Simon Lewis
DVA Towards 2020 is our strategic plan outlining how DVA will meet the changing needs and expectations of the veteran community. As you know, DVA provides services and support to a very wide range of clients, from young children and contemporary veterans of operations in places like Afghanistan, through to widows of First World War servicemen.
Pensions and allowances rise (PDF p.3)
Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 March following the latest round of indexation adjustments.
New pension rates from 20 March 2014
(table of rates)
Update your DVA financial information online
DVA clients can now update their financial information online through MyAccount. As many readers would know, DVA introduced its new online self-service portal “MyAccount” in May 2012.
A message from the Minister
It is a real pleasure for me to contribute to Vetaffairs. This is the first of what will be regular updates highlighting the Government’s work for veterans and their families.
The Long Way Home (PDF p.4)
Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel have been touring to various locations around Australia relating their recent experiences of war in a new play called The Long Way Home.
Australian Remembrance Trail along the Western Front
The Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front took another step closer to reality last November, with the official opening of the Plugstreet 14-18 Interpretive Centre in Ploegsteert, Belgium, on 9 November 2013.
Commemorate your loved ones and friends (PDF p.5)
For more than 60 years, in the lead up to Anzac Day, the War Widows’ Guild has held Fields of Remembrance in Sydney and a number of other locations. Small crosses or tokens commemorating a family member or friend are planted in a “Field of Remembrance”.
Dealing with loss
Grief is not a disorder, a disease or a sign of weakness. It is an emotional, physical and spiritual necessity, the price you pay for love. The only cure for grief is to grieve. Dr. Earl A. Grollman.
Friendship never fades
War widow Edna Hughes, and veteran John Henry (Harry) Symons, both from the NSW South Coast, recently celebrated their 100 year birthdays.
Vale Enemarki Zaro
Enemarki Zaro, who died in Townsville on 7 February 2014 aged 96, was a highly respected Torres Strait Islander veteran from the Second World War. More than 70 years ago, a unique battalion was formed in the Torres Strait to fight the Japanese during the Second World War.
Chair of the DVA Human Research Ethics Committee retires (PDF p.6)
Dr Tony Ireland recently retired as Chair of the DVA Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) after 20 years of service.
Supporting mental health services for DVA clients both young and old
Announcing the establishment of a new Prime Ministerial Advisory Council (PMAC) on 13 March 2014, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson, made it clear that one of the four pillars of the Government’s plans for Veterans’ Affairs was to tackle mental health challenges facing veterans and their families.
Study of Gulf War veterans enters its final phase
A major study of the health of Australia’s Gulf War veterans is now entering its final phase. The Australian Gulf War Veterans’ Health Study Follow Up is being funded by DVA and conducted by an expert team of researchers from Monash University.
Benefits of taking part in research
At DVA, research is about asking questions and gathering information to help understand problems and health issues within the veteran community. This understanding helps guide what we do at DVA, which ultimately helps you and your families.
Grants help veteran and defence community
The latest round of Veteran and Community Grants were announced recently. The Grants were allocated to 32 projects right around the country, totalling more than $970,000.
Dr Killer: Gallipoli 2015 – our WW1 veterans (PDF p.7)
With Gallipoli 2015 fast approaching, I thought I would recount a few stories about the iconic First World War veterans I have known, but who sadly have passed away.
The painful reality of sleep disturbance
Disturbed sleep as a result of pain can be a reality for any one of us. Headaches, muscle strains and stomach aches can keep us awake or stop us from sleeping well at any time.
The importance of staying connected
It is not always that easy to stay connected with friends and the local community. Losing connections and feeling lonely can occur to any of us at any age, but it can easily occur when families move away, when we get sick, as we age and when we lose a partner.
Veterans’ Satisfaction Survey
There are a number of ways DVA receives ongoing feedback from the veteran community, such as by letter, phone, email and through MyAccount. This year, DVA is also conducting a Veterans’ Satisfaction Survey.
Reducing financial authorisationc (PDF p.8)
On 1 September 2012, DVA reduced some of the administrative processes that health care providers had previously been required to complete in order to access certain types of medical and allied health treatment.
A love of footwear and of life
In December last year, a special partnership came to an end, and for DVA clients, it will be a particularly sad loss. Shoemaking brothers Adam and Morris Perkal became good friends to the Department – both personally and professionally.
Competition for creative Victorians
Entries opened on 1 April for the annual Victorian Veterans’ Story Writing and Art Competition.
Men’s Health Peer Education – calling volunteers!
Are you interested in improving your health? Would you like to help your mates live a healthier lifestyle? DVA runs a Men’s Health Peer Education (MHPE) program.
Controlling your diabetes
Diabetes is a health problem that can be difficult to get sorted. Finding someone who understands the daily challenges of staying healthy with diabetes can certainly make a big difference to both the way a person feels about their condition and their physical health.
Debunking the myths – The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (PDF p.9)
The Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal (the Tribunal) is an independent statutory body that has been established under the Defence Act 1903. The Tribunal commenced operation as a statutory body on 5 January 2011.
Off the shelf
News from the AWM – events and ceremonies (PDF p.10)
Anzac Day is arguably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War: the landing on Gallipoli in April 1915.
Publications and items for sale
Anzac: an illustrated history 1914–1918 (new edition)
Snowy to the Somme: a muddy and bloody campaign, 1916-1918
Before the Anzac dawn: a military history of Australia to 1915
Singapore 1942: end of empire (DVD)
Reunion notices (PDF p.11)
AVCAT’s new CEO promotes Long Tan Bursary
The Australian Veteran’s Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) is a national independent charity helping the children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women to a better future through higher education.
– lost and found
Noticeboard (PDF p.12)
Audio version of noticeboard (MP3 447 KB)
Audio version of noticeboard - navy (MP3 1.01 MB)
Audio version of noticeboard - army (MP3 12.7 MB)
Audio version of noticeboard - air force (MP3 5.1 MB)
Audio version of noticeboard - misc. (MP3 2.43 MB)