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Nearly 2,000 people gathered at the national 75th anniversary commemoration service to remember those who died and suffered during the Fall of Singapore. The event took place on 15 February 2017 in Ballarat, Victoria.
On the same day, a life-size bronze statue of an elderly mother clutching a framed photo of her son killed in war was unveiled at the new Garden of the Grieving Mother in Ballarat.
- Vietnam Veterans Day
- Nagasaki POWs
Simon Lewis PSM, Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, looks at DVA’s priorities for the year ahead.
Veterans’ pensions were increased from 20 March 2017 following the latest round of indexation adjustments.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Dan Tehan discusses recent commemorations, Anzac Day, the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program, trialling a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the Kookaburra Kids pilot program and the Female Veterans Forum.
On 29 March, Parliament passed the Digital Readiness Bill. This is an important development in giving DVA 21st-century tools to provide a 21st-century service that veterans deserve.
The Vietnamese government has confirmed there will be no official Anzac Day commemoration at the Long Tan Cross site this year.
There are a few things worth remembering when using your DVA Health Card.
This year, visitors are encouraged to register for a free attendance pass for the services at Gallipoli and Villers-Bretonneux.
Dr Ian Gardner, Principal Medical Adviser, discusses the importance of getting good advice when considering prostate surgery.
In assessing claims, DVA will look at all the available evidence and, depending on the particular circumstances, can determine that an incident of abuse occurred based on a statutory declaration alone.
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service is offering suicide awareness and prevention workshops Australia-wide to help equip people with the tools and confidence to recognise suicidal tendencies and take preventive action early.
DVA has expanded access to treatment for veterans experiencing alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse.
More than 90 members of the Townsville community, including current and former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members, their family, carers and friends, attended an outreach program in December 2016 for those concerned about anti-malarial medications such as mefloquine.
Dr Loretta Poerio, Mental Health Adviser, discusses the distinction between change and transition, and offers some advice on how best to transition from the Australian Defence Force to life as a civilian.
- The importance of family, by the Partners of Veterans Association of Australia
- Navy Week Victoria, by the The Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria
- Operation Legacy Australia Kokoda Challenge 2017, by Legacy Australia
News from the War Widows’ Guild of Australia, including:
- War widows visit Japan
- WA war widows celebrate 70 years
- The Shrine of Remembrance Medal 2016
The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience exhibition will open at the International Convention Centre Sydney from 15 to 27 April 2017.
Currently under construction at the Australian National Memorial, just outside Villers-Bretonneux in France, the Sir John Monash Centre will open around Anzac Day 2018.
This year is the penultimate year of the Anzac Centenary commemorative period, spanning 2014 to 2018. It will feature several milestone commemorations domestically and overseas to recognise Australian service and sacrifice since Federation.
In April this year, the Franco-Australian Museum at Villers-Bretonneux, France, will be officially reopened following a major refurbishment and upgrade.
The Rona Tranby Trust (RTT) is looking for descendants of Indigenous soldiers who took part in the Charge of the Australian Light Horse at Beersheba in 1917.
- New South Wales and the Great War
- Survival of a Bomber Command Pilot
DVA provides a range of education support services and financial provisions for children of eligible veterans.
QBE’s motor vehicle insurance through Defence Services Homes Insurance (advertisement).
The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service acknowledged its 35th anniversary on 29 January.
DVA’s mobile-friendly version of its wound-care management resource was announced by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan on 9 November 2016.
Veterans’ Health Week in 2017 will be held from Saturday, 21 October to Sunday, 29 October.
DVA will run another 10,000 Steps Walking Challenge in October and November this year.
- Elevation of the senses – drinking bowl
- Double Diamonds: Australian commandos in the Pacific War, 1941–5
- Centenary Flanders poppy pin
- Anzac Day 2017 commemorative medallion
- Wartime magazine issue 77 – Axis ascendant