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Tasmania Consultative Forum - Summary 6 March 2013 meeting

Name Role
Jan Hyde Deputy Commissioner Tas (Chair)
Jack Clear (proxy) Legacy Hobart
Joan Cooper War Widows Guild
Sandy Hudd (proxy) Australian Peacekeeper and  Peacemaker Veterans’ Association
Alan Robertson RAAF Association Tas
Wendy James Partners of Veterans Association Tas
Warwick Luttrell Vietnam Veterans’ Association of Australia
Anne James Executive Officer, DVA
Frances Pardoe Scribe, DVA
Name Role
Michael Romalis Australian Peacekeeper and  Peacemaker Veterans’ Association
James McDermott Naval Association of Australia
Terry Byrne OAM Legacy Launceston
Des Berry Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Association
Robert Dick (proxy) Return Services League Tasmania
Annette Wyatt Legacy Hobart
Guest Speaker
Name Role
Brent Morgan Director Veterans’ Transport Services
Alex Schouten Manager Programs and Services, Community Development Division, Dept. Premier & Cabinet

Business arising

  • Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council is no longer represented on the DCCF
  • DC advised current status of BEST Round 15
  • Service Coordinator invoked for widow of SGT Stewart  (16 Fd Bty)
  • DC advised wording of minutes poorly reflected role of DVA – update to be supplied

Matters Discussed

  • Booked Car With Driver Overview.  Forum members received a comprehensive presentation about Veterans’ Transport including a video of taxi driver training. They acknowledged the offer to contact the Director or DC directly if they had concerns.  They were advised of the importance of clients providing specific information (file number, date of travel) with regard to complaints.  The Director offered to prepare articles for ESO newsletters which was well received, as was the Director’s offer to broker introductions to DVA-contracted taxi companies.
  • ANZAC Centenary. Alex Schouten explained the role of the Steering Committee and its membership.  She discussed proposed linkages to other State Govt depts. Though a State Government Working Group (WG) and the proposed formation of a Community (WG). Alex explained there would be limited links with Tasmanian Veterans’ Advisory Council and also highlighted for a ANZAC Centenary website.
  • Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program.  The process for applying for grants through Federal members was discussed.  Forum members sought clarification around the impact of a Federal election occurring in the middle of the application period, and what would be the impact if there is a change of Federal member.  The DC to discuss with Director Anzac Centenary Policy and Program Development.

Divisional Updates

Health and Community Services Division

  • Changes to RAP schedule to remove limits 
  • Appointment of CARE ASSESS as VHC Assessment Agency Tasmania-wide
  • PCEHR up take, and current and future options for veterans to register
  • Coordinated Veterans Care up take and changes to no longer exclude Community Aged Care Packages
  • Mental Health Strategic Plan – receipt of submissions and next steps
  • VetAWARE training for Community Nurses
  • PTSD Coach Australia – mobile application
  • Veterans’ Health Week 2013

Rehabilitation and Support Division

  • DVA’s “Open Door Policy” -  ESO representatives understood the concept and acknowledged that clients would not be asked to provide information in the introductory call if a representative had been appointed.  ESOs asked whether a copy of the script could be made available.  The DC to follow up.

Client and Commemorations Division

  • MyAccount take up, target for new users by the end of 2013 and enhancements to be delivered over the two 2013 releases.

Other Matters

  • Forum members were advised that a review of the Stakeholder Consultation Framework will occur in 2013.
  • Forum members were requested to use a new form (based on OWP) for the submission of agenda items.
  • A request was made that all DCCF meetings be able to be attended by video conference and not just the winter meeting.  The DC agreed to this.

After the DDCF some members remained to hear a presentation from Richard Reid about the Australian Remembrance Trail.

Next meeting

Budget Brief – in person and by videoconference – Wed 15th May

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