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  • Department of Defence
    Minister congratulates Invictus Games competitors
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
    The fourth Invictus Games draws to a close tonight, ending a week of sporting and personal victories for more than 500 competitors from 18 nations across the world.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Joint media statement — Recognising and respecting our veterans
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
    Veterans and their families are at the centre of a fresh package of initiatives from our Government to recognise their vital role and service to Australia.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Joint Communiqué – Veterans’ Ministers’ meeting
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
    The third meeting of federal, state and territory Ministers responsible for veterans’ issues was held on the final day of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 to discuss opportunities for closer collaboration in supporting Australia’s veterans and their families.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Darren Chester with Basil Zempilas and Monique Wright (Weekend Sunrise)
    Saturday, 27 October 2018
    Interview with Darren Chester, Veterans' Affairs Minister about a new scheme for veterans.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Using the power of sport to heal our veterans
    Friday, 26 October 2018
    The healing power of adaptive sports to help ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnel will be adopted as a key measure to support the wounded, injured and ill (WII) community, with the announcement of a ‘sports cell’ by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Defence Personnel, Darren Chester today.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Ministerial Statement – Veterans and Their Families
    Wednesday, 24 October 2018
    I ask leave of the House to give the second annual Ministerial Statement on Veterans and Their Families. Almost two million Australian servicemen and women have served our nation since Federation. And to those men and women, to those who have gone before you and to all of their families, I would like to say, quite simply – thank you for your service.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Joint media release — International Ministerial (5-Eyes) Conference on Veterans’ Issues
    Sunday, 21 October 2018
    Coinciding with the opening of the Invictus Games, the Australian Government Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, welcomed delegations from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States to the International Ministerial Conference on Veterans’ Issues at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney on 20 and 21 October 2018.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Veterans' Ministers Come Together at Invictus 2018
    Saturday, 20 October 2018
    The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester will today host a meeting with visiting Veterans’ Affairs Ministers, agency heads and senior military representatives from the 5-Eyes countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Invictus Games competitors welcomed to Sydney
    Saturday, 20 October 2018
    Australia is all set to host the fourth Invictus Games in Sydney from 20 to 27 October 2018.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling Launch
    Friday, 19 October 2018
    The Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) has been relaunched today as Open Arms – Veterans and Families Counselling based on feedback from veterans and veterans’ families.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Transition front and centre at Invictus18 Symposium
    Friday, 19 October 2018
    The challenges around veterans transitioning from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to civilian life will be the focus of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Invictus18 Symposium being held at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney today.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Forums focus on veterans' families and employment
    Thursday, 18 October 2018
    Minister for Veterans' Affairs Darren Chester today opened the Veterans' Families and Veterans' Employment forums in Sydney ahead of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    Study finds most military families resilient, healthy, financially secure
    Thursday, 18 October 2018
    Most Australian military families are resilient, healthy and financially secure, according to a joint Department of Defence and Department of Veterans' Affairs study, released today.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Wheelchair rugby to take on Australia's best
    Thursday, 4 October 2018
    The Australian Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Wheelchair Rugby Team will take on the nation’s best, when they take part in the National Championships at the Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre in Sydney.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Wheeling Diggers ready to roll in Kiama
    Wednesday, 3 October 2018
    The Australian Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Wheelchair Basketball squad, the ‘Wheeling Diggers’, will put the finishing touches to a near perfect Games preparation when they take on the competition at the Slam Down Under Masters, commencing today.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Australian Invictus Games 2018 team to take on the world's best in Canberra
    Friday, 28 September 2018
    The Australian Invictus Games 2018 Wheelchair Tennis team will hit the courts in the ACT this week to take part in the prestigious Canberra Wheelchair Tennis Open.
     
  • Department of Defence
    25 days until Invictus Games Sydney 2018
    Tuesday, 25 September 2018
    Today marks 25 days until the fourth Invictus Games kicks off in Sydney, bringing together 500 serving and former serving Defence personnel from 18 nations who have been wounded, injured or become ill during their military service.
     
  • Department of Veterans’ Affairs
    The countdown is on — 100 days until the Invictus Games in Sydney
    Thursday, 12 July 2018
    The Australian competitors for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 (IG2018) are in the final stages of their preparation as we begin the countdown, with just 100 days to go until the opening ceremony on 20 October 2018.
     
  • Department of Defence
    Australian Invictus Games 2018 team announced
    Friday, 15 June 2018
    Australia will field its largest ever team at this year’s Invictus Games to be held in Sydney.
     

Vetaffairs articles

Vol 34 No. 3 Spring 2018

  • The very best of the human spirit
    His Royal Highness Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, created the Invictus Games as a platform for all those who have served, to prove to the world what they have to offer.
     
  • Games give DVA added focus to improve veterans’ lives
    DVA will host a series of significant events in association with the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 around the overarching theme of improving the transition of veterans into civilian life.
     
  • Invictus social media links
    Follow the action online and join the conversation.
     
  • Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Schedule
    See an overview of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 schedule and find out how to book any remaining tickets. It’s game on Down Under!
     
  • ABC line-up celebrates the unconquered
    The ABC is the official host broadcaster for the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, and will provide programming across its scheduled radio and TV programs as well as on ABC NEWS TV and online. This will consist of nightly round-up program Invictus Games Today, live coverage of the events (including the opening and closing ceremonies) and more.
     
  • Team Australia
    List of Australian competitors at the Games.
     
  • Unconquered together
    The bonds of mateship are strong when you've served together, survived a Blackhawk crash in Afghanistan together, and convalesced together.
     
  • How sport saved my life
    For veterans who face mental health challenges, being active and part of a team again has been critical to their recovery.
     
  • Meeting challenges head-on
    For those members of the Australian Invictus Games Sydney 2018 team with significant and often multiple mental and physical health problems, getting involved with the Games has been key to getting their lives back on track.
     
  • Sharing in the healing power of sport
    Many Invictus competitors are committed to ensuring other veterans can experience the benefits of sport.
     

Vol 34 No. 2 Winter 2018

  • Celebrating the Invictus spirit
    Soldier On ambassador and former Australian Army officer Ben Farinazzo, who will compete at the Invictus Games Sydney 2018, says the event allows competitors to connect with an extraordinary group of people who are focused on improving the quality of their lives, and the lives of others, despite their wounds, injuries and illnesses.
     
  • Unconquered: Our Invictus team
    Seventy-two current and former serving Australian Defence Force members were named in Team Australia to represent the nation at Invictus Games Sydney 2018 from 20 to 27 October.
     

Vol 34 No. 1 Autumn 2018

  • Invictus spirit makes its mark as Games near
    Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Ambassador Curtis McGrath OAM, who competed in indoor rowing and wheelchair rugby at the 2014 and 2016 Games, encouraged veterans, defence personnel and their families to ‘make their mark’ in their community in the lead-up to the event.
     

Vol 33 No. 3 Spring 2017

  • Call-out for Sydney Invictus Games
    Veterans who were interested in competing in the 2018 Australian Invictus Games were invited to submit nominations by 31 October 2017.
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