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The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans — Government Response to the Senate Committee Report on Veteran Suicide

The Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee's report on the Inquiry into suicide by veterans and ex-service personnel, was tabled in Parliament on 15 August 2017.

The Government's response to the Senate Committee Report, The Constant Battle: Suicide by Veterans, was tabled by the Minister for Veterans' Affairs on 24 October 2017.

Following is an update of the implementation as at 30 September 2018, of the recommendations of the Senate Committee report:

Joint Defence/ DVA Inquiry into the facts surrounding the management of Jesse Bird's case

Review recommendations

Following the death of Private Jesse Bird, the Minister for Veterans' Affairs asked the Departments of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) and Defence to thoroughly examine his case. A series of review recommendations have been made by the Joint Inquiry into the facts surrounding the management of the case.

Progress of implementation (30 September 2018)

Following is an update of the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Defence/ DVA Inquiry into the Jesse Bird case.

The update represents a snapshot of DVA's progress on the recommendations as at the date recorded on the table. The update recognises that DVA has further work to do on implementing the recommendations of the Inquiry, many of which are closely aligned with DVA's ongoing journey of continuous improvement and the Veteran Centric Reform program.

Independent review

In 2017, the Government committed to an independent review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Joint Defence/DVA Inquiry into the Jesse Bird case after 12 months.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs has appointed Emeritus Professor Robin Creyke AO to conduct this review (Media release).      

The Terms of Reference for the review are:

National Mental Health Commission (NMHC) Review of Services Available to Veterans and current Serving Members of the Australian Defence Force in Relation to the Prevention of Self-harm and Suicide (2017)

The National Mental Health Commission Review report was presented to Government on 28 March 2017. The report made 23 recommendations. The Government response to the Review was released on 30 June 2017.

Senate Reference Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into the Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Members and Veterans (2016).

The Committee report was tabled in Parliament on 17 March 2016. The Government's response to the 25 recommendations, including eight Minority Report recommendations, was tabled on 15 September 2016.

Implementation of three recommendations (two agreed-in-principle and one agreed in part) from the Government Response to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Report on Mental Health of Australian Defence Force Members and Veterans (2016) are outstanding.

Implementation of the other recommendations agreed by Government and requiring action has been completed.

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