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Jane GallagherJane Gallagher has helped 260 veterans to attend 22 overseas commemorations.

DVA nurse Jane Gallagher has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her work caring for veterans who have travelled with the department’s support to attend commemorative events.

Ms Gallagher, DVA’s Assistant Director, Clinical Advice Management, was awarded the Public Service Medal for her outstanding work in providing clinical support to veterans.

Ms Gallagher has enabled 260 often elderly veterans to attend 22 overseas commemorative events in 11 countries, sometimes in challenging locations such as the Kokoda Track.

Because many of the veterans suffered a range of health problems, Ms Gallagher designed and implemented a highly effective clinical support framework.

She also led a major review of the department’s Community Nursing Program.

DVA Secretary Liz Cosson said Ms Gallagher had shown a level of commitment and dedication that was in the best traditions of the department and the Australian Public Service.

‘Commemorative events are very important because they honour and acknowledge not only those taking part, but everyone who has served or is serving,’ Ms Cosson said.

‘Without Jane’s involvement, veteran attendance at these commemorations would not have been as successful or as safe.’

Ms Gallagher was one of two DVA staff honoured in the 2018 list, which was announced by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d), on 11 June.

Assistant Director, Operational Performance Improvement Section Lance Johnson was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to public administration in the Northern Territory.

Formerly Deputy Commissioner for the Northern Territory, Major Johnson is now working on DVA’s transformation. He is currently deployed overseas with the Australian Defence Force (see ‘Sharing the news about DVA in Iraq’).

Ms Cosson said Major Johnson had played a critical role in ensuring the department considered the unique nature of military service in the design of its programs and initiatives.

‘Through his strong stakeholder relationship skills, and sound knowledge of the ADF through lived experience, Lance has assisted in breaking down barriers between the department and veterans and their families to ensure they understand what services and support are available to them,’ she said.

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