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2015 Media Centre

2015 Media Centre items

Below are links to 2015 media releases, speeches and other announcements.

For media enquiries, contact the DVA Media Team on 02 6289 6466 or email media.team@dva.gov.au


20 December 2015

Today, Sunday 20 December, marks 100 years since the last Australian and New Zealand troops were evacuated from Gallipoli. 

Media release - A century passes since the evacuation from Gallipoli

18 December 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, today announced Mr Ken Corke would take up the role of Director, Office of Australian War Graves on 18 January 2016.

Media release New Office of Australian War Graves Director Appointed

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17 December 2015

Driving information and communications technology (ICT) and systems improvements to help reduce claim processing times for veterans is a priority for the Australian Government.

Media release - Move to improve Veterans’ Affairs systems

16 December 2015

Australian Defence Force servicewomen with dependent children who served in the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO) found their experience of deployment positive and self-validating, according to research released today by Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, and Assistant Minister for Defence, Darren Chester.

Media release - Overseas deployment positive experience for ADF...

14 December 2015

Support services for veterans will continue to be available throughout the Christmas period, the Secretary of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), Simon Lewis PSM, said today.

Media release (DOCX 35 KB) - Veteran Support Services...

14 December 2015

The Australian Government will invest $1.46m in a research project to enhance treatment programs for current and former Australian military personnel with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a bid to improve their mental health and wellbeing and better support their families.

Media release - $1.46 Million to improve PTSD treatment for current and former Australian Defence Force...

11 December 2015

A further $19.65 million in funding from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund has been allocated to commemorative projects in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania, and to the Anzac Centenary John Monash Scholarship.

Media release - Further support for ANZAC Centenary projects

10 December 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, has announced the Veterans and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service (VVCS) is conducting a new study into the effectiveness of online mental health counselling services.

Media release - Veterans Skype counselling pilot under way

9 December 2015

Arrangements for a major review of the dental and allied health services provided to veterans were announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert.

Media release - DVA due for dental and allied health check-up

9 December 2015

Seven projects commemorating Australia’s wartime heritage have been awarded a total of more than $355,000 under the Saluting Their Service program, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC, Stuart Robert, announced today.

Media release - Major commemorative grants support local projects

8 December 2015

The Government has recently awarded over $822,000 to ex-service organisations around Australia to support community projects that will enhance the lives of many in the veteran community.

Media release Community grants boost veteran health and wellbeing projects

4 December 2015

July 2016 will mark 100 years since the Battles of Fromelles and Pozières on the Western Front, and from today Australians will be able to apply to attend the services in France to commemorate these important events as part of the Anzac Centenary.

Media release - Applications open for 2016 Fromelles and Pozières commemorations

2 December 2015

A new posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) eLearning program for mental health providers will help improve treatment for former Australian Defence Force (ADF) members.

Media release - New eLearning programs to improve veterans’ health care

1 December 2015

Two children from The Hutchins School in Tasmania were today presented with the award for the Australian Wartime Experiences special category in the National History Challenge (NHC) for their joint project, “Kokoda: How it lives on in us”.

Media release Tasmanian students triumph in special category of National History Challenge

30 November 2015

It is with great pleasure that I rise to deliver this Ministerial Statement—my first as the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac—to apprise the House of the Government’s continued commitment to commemorating the Centenary of Anzac.

Ministerial Statement - Centenary of Anzac National Program...

27 November 2015

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition has officially opened in Bendigo. The interactive experience includes more than 200 artefacts normally housed at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Media Release Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience travelling exhibition open in Bendigo

25 November 2015

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC Stuart Robert today announced the Governor-General has appointed 21 new part-time members to the Veterans’ Review Board (VRB).

Media release - New Veterans’ Review Board members announced

25 November 2015

The Gallipoli Symphony premiered to an enthusiastic audience in Brisbane last night.  Performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, and supported by soloists from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, last night’s performance is the only time the full musical and visual masterpiece is planned to be staged in Australia. 

Media release...

19 November 2015

Former Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) has asked current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and recent veterans to volunteer to complete a University of Adelaide survey about the impact of contemporary service on their health and wellbeing by 30 November 2015.

Media release (DOCX 35KB)

 

16 November 2015

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Stuart Robert, today encouraged current Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and eligible former members to complete a University of Adelaide survey about the impact of contemporary military service on their health and wellbeing.

Media Release - Health survey of recent veterans & ADF...

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