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Terms of reference

The Tasmanian Consultative Forum will:

  1. provide a mechanism for regular consultation and discussion between the Deputy Commissioner and Ex-Service Organisations (ESOs) to discuss systemic issues that concern the veteran and defence communities arising from the range of DVA operations including:
    • operational issues
    • health care including hospital and community-based care
    • aged care both residential and community based
    • health and wellbeing
    • income support
    • compensation
    • rehabilitation
    • emerging issues for currently serving and recently separated ADF members
  2. sitting as the Tasmanian Treatment Monitoring Committee, monitor the access to and the quality of treatment available to entitled persons as private patients under the Veterans’ Entitlements Act 1986
  3. enhance the ex-service community's understanding of DVA's service delivery performance in Tasmania through improved communication and information sharing between DVA and the ex-service community
  4. assist in identifying issues that may require referral to a national-led forum e.g. the ESO Round Table for strategic issues or the Operational Working Party for day-to-day operational matters
  5. provide a mechanism to disseminate information about Veterans' Affairs initiatives and Department of Defence and broader Commonwealth activities where appropriate
  6. provide a forum which facilitates the maintenance of an effective working relationship between ESOs, the Deputy Commissioner and DVA staff in Tasmania.
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Membership comprises representatives of the following organisations:

Organisation Members
Advocacy Mr David Waddle OAM
Australian Federation of Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Ex Servicemen and Women (Tasmanian Branch) Inc, The Mr Ray Williams OAM
Department of Premier and Cabinet — Tasmania (Ex-Officio) Mr Mark Green
Hobart Legacy Inc Mr Peter Hodge
Launceston Legacy Inc Mr Kevin Evorall
Mates4Mates (Ex-Officio) Ms Catherine Starling
Naval Association of Australia — Tasmania Mr Brian Ellis
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia Inc, The (Tasmania) Mrs Jacinta Leahy
Returned & Services League of Australia (Tasmania Branch) Inc Mr Barry Quinn
Royal Australian Air Force Association, TAS Div Inc Squadron Leader ( Ret'd) Alan Robertson OAM
Serving ADF Representative ( Ex-Officio) Lt Col Niel Grierson
Vietnam Veterans' Association of Australia — Tasmania Mr Brian Harper
Veteran Reference Group (Ex-Officio) Brigadier John Withers
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The Chair has discretion to allow members to nominate a substitute attendee when considered necessary.

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Meeting schedule

It is anticipated that two to three meetings will be conducted each year, additionally a Budget Brief is offered May. Wherever possible video or telephone conference facilities will be utilised.

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