National Aged and Community Care Forum

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A forum designed to provide information on the current and future aged care needs of veterans, war widow/widowers and other members of the ex-service community.

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The forum will:

  • be a link between ex-service organisations (ESOs), providers and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) in the dissemination of information on health, aged and community care issues and mental and social health policy
  • provide information on the current and future aged care needs of veterans and war widow/widowers and other members of the ex-service and Defence community including carers
  • be a conduit for developing and proposing better practice residential and community care arrangements for the ex-service community
  • influence future policy directions regarding ageing for the ex-service community
  • monitor developments in the aged care industry and the aged care needs of the ex-service community, including access to residential care
  • consider how DVA better supports people at home with community support.

Terms of reference (DOC 56 KB)

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Membership comprises representatives from the following organisations
Organisation Representation
Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) - Chair Mr Andrew Kefford PSM, Deputy Secretary
Client Engagement and Support Services, DVA - Deputy Chair Ms Traci-Ann Byrnes, First Assistant Secretary
Chief Health Officer, DVA Professor Jenny Firman
Repatriation Commissioner Mr Kahlil Fegan DSC AM
Department of Health Departmental Representative
Legacy Australia Inc Mr Shawn Bergquist
Partners of Veterans Association Ms Raelene Hill
Returned and Services League of Australia Ms Wendy Bateman
TPI Federation Australia Ms Pat McCabe OAM
Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia Mr Michael Benyk
Vietnam Veterans' Federation of Australia Mr Ward Gainey
Australian War Widows Inc. Ms Jenny Gregory OAM

Departmental representation will be available as appropriate.

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Meeting schedule

The NACCF meets three times per year.

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Meetings Minutes

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To contact the NACCF Secretariat, please email Aged.CommunityCareForum [at]

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