Rehabilitation Colloquium

A national colloquium that considered and discussed rehabilitation


The two-day colloquium focussed on the future of rehabilitation services for Australian veterans and Defence Force members, including:

  • Key issues now and in the future
  • Achieving best practice
  • Innovation and technology
  • Agencies working together
  • The US military rehabilitation experience

The colloquium was opened by then Minister for Veterans' Affairs and ran from 7-8 October 2008 and was held at the National convention Centre Canberra.

The colloquium was also attended by several guest speakers listed below, if you have any enquiries regarding DVA Rehabilitation please contact us via email.

International Keynote Speaker

The Hon James Peake MD
Secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs


 Major General Paul Alexander
Commander Joint Health
Surgeon General Australian Defence Force
 Professor Sohail Inayatullah
Graduate Institute of Futures Studies
Tamkang University of Taipei
 Ms Jenny Brockie
Journalist, Documentary Maker, Television & Radio Presenter
SBS Television ‘Insight’
 Dr Graeme Killer AO
Principal Medical Adviser
Department of Veterans' Affairs
 Dr Stephen Buckley
President, Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Physicians
 Associate Professor Virginia Lewis
Principal Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
 Mr Ian Campbell
Secretary, Department of Veterans’ Affairs
 Professor Chris Maher
Director Musculoskeletal Division
The George Institute of International Health
 Professor Mark Creamer
Director, Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry
University of Melbourne
 Dr Lynda Matthews
Head, Rehabilitation Counselling
Faculty of Health Science
The University of Sydney
 Mr Ken Douglas
General Manager Service Delivery
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
 The Hon James Peake MD
Secretary of Veterans Affairs United States of America
 Mr George Hallwood
CEO Effective Australia Pty Ltd
Past National President, Australian Rehabilitation Providers Association
 Associate Professor Michael Nicholas
Director, ADAPT Pain Management Program
Pain Management Research Institute
 Ms Avril Henry
Business Consultant, Writer and Presenter
Avril Henry Pty Ltd
 Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO (Ret’d)
Repatriation Commission and Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission
 Air Chief Marshal Allan Grant (Angus) Houston, AC, AFC
Chief of the Defence Force
 Mr Barry Telford
General Manager Policy and Development
Department of Veterans’ Affairs