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International Ministerial (5 Eyes) Conference closing session

Delegates at this weekend's International Ministerial (5 Eyes) Conference spent the morning session discussing respective learnings from the conference and considering next steps.

The talks covered issues including barriers to transition, a shared understanding and agreement on the definition of family, the importance of adopting a wellbeing model for veterans and families and further analysis of the role of non-government organisations and the broader community in supporting veteran and family communities.

The Ministers and delegates agreed to continue to work collaboratively to further research and develop joint initiatives to support transitioning veterans. They signed a statement of intent to formalise that commitment.

Wreath-laying ceremony by 5-Eyes Ministers

Attendees at this weekend's International Ministerial (5 Eyes) Conference on Veterans' Issues in Sydney have this morning laid wreaths in memory of the fallen during a ceremony at the NSW Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park.

The Anzac Memorial's Senior Historian and Curator, Brad Manera, met the dignitaries on arrival and briefed them on the history of the site.

A Ministerial representative from each of the five nations laid a wreath in the Hall of Memory. Delegates then gathered by the Pool of Reflection before later returning to the conference for a discussion on learnings from this week's Veterans' Families and Employment Forums, Invictus 18 Symposium and the 5 Eyes conference.

Sydney 2018 Ministerial 5-Eyes Conference

An International Ministerial (5 Eyes) Conference on Veterans' Issues is underway in Sydney, with attendees from Australia, the UK, the US, Canada and New Zealand discussing topics including veterans' wellbeing, mental health, education and employment.

This morning, the Australian Government Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, welcomed the international delegations and called on the Right Honourable Tobias Ellwood MP, UK Minister for Defence People and Veterans, to recap on the outcomes from the London 2017 5 Eyes Veterans’ Conference.

This afternoon, attendees will be briefed on the outcomes of DVA and Defence-led forums held in Sydney over the past week ahead of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Invictus 18 Symposium

International experts on the subject of transition from defence service to civilian life gathered today in Sydney for the Invictus 18 Symposium run by DVA.

Attendees heard from leading experts in their fields on topics including the role of resilience, challenges to transition, barriers and stigma, pathways to care, responses to transition, innovation in transition, the state of play and next steps.

Launch of Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester this afternoon launched Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney.

Open Arms was formerly the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS). The service has operated since 1982, providing free and confidential counselling to veterans and their families, including wellbeing and peer support programs.

Invictus 18 Symposium

DVA's Invictus 18 Symposium has begun at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney today. Pictured are experts and decision-makers who will speak throughout the event on the challenges faced, the responses to and the innovations in programs and practice dealing with the health and wellbeing of transitioning members.

Veterans’ Families Forum

Experts and decision-makers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK have today shared their knowledge and experiences during DVA's Veterans' Employment Forum and Veterans' Families Forum in Sydney.

The Families Forum examined the role of family during three stages of defence employment: recruitment and induction; post-deployment or extended absences; discharge and moving on from defence. It also looked at reactions to service, particularly those relating to physical and mental health.

Veterans’ Employment Forum

Experts and decision-makers from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and the UK have today shared their knowledge and experiences during DVA's Veterans' Employment Forum and Veterans' Families Forum in Sydney.

The Employment Forum discussions covered barriers to and difficulties around veteran employment; the role of the public sector vs the private sector; innovative strategies to help recruit and support veteran employees; what has worked and what hasn't; common study pathways; and accreditation of skills and translation of defence qualifications.

 

Employment and families forums underway in Sydney

Experts and decision-makers on veterans' issues from Australia and around the world have gathered in Sydney today for DVA’s Veterans’ Families Forum and Veterans’ Employment Forum at the Australian National Maritime Museum ahead of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.

Pictured are some of today's guest speakers, who include academics, representatives of ex-service organisations and decision-makers here to share their experiences and world's best practice ideas.

Training before the Games

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