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ESO Round Table - summary of meeting 24 March 2015

The Ex-Service Organisation Round Table met for the 29th time in Canberra on 24 March 2015.  

The Chair made special mention of the passing of Tim McCombe, the National President of the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation of Australia, earlier this year.  He asked the assembly to rise and observe a minute silence in respect of Mr McCombe.

The Chair introduced Mr Craig Orme, the newly appointed Deputy President of the Repatriation Commission, member of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission and the Chair of the National Aged and Community Care Forum.

Minister’s Address 

The Chair welcomed the Minister, Senator the Hon Michael Ronaldson to the meeting.  The Minister outlined a number of areas of focus for the Government particularly in mental health, homelessness, high risk behaviour and suicide.  He noted that early intervention was the key to successfully addressing these issues.

Commemorations and War Graves Update

Members were provided with an update on commemorative activities including the ANZAC Centenary Program, the Albany Convoy Commemorative Event, and the National Anzac Centre Albany Heritage Park, Western Australia which was opened as part of the commemorationsFurther information regarding the Anzac Centenary Programme is available on the DVA website and is accessible on SMART phones.

VVCS Functional Review

Members were advised that the Department had commissioned an independent review of VVCS.  The report has been received and the recommendations considered by the VVCS National Management Team and by the Prime Minister’s National Advisory Committee.  A copy of the VVCS Functional Review Report was distributed to members.

Enhancements to the Rehabilitation Appliances Program

Members were advised that the schedule was expanded to include a range of falls prevention items previously supplied through the HomeFront Programme. The HomeFront programme and the Veterans Maintenance Line both ceased in February 2015.

Capability Review

Members were provided with an update on DVA’s progress in regards to the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) Capability Review.  DVA has produced its second progress report to the APSC and noted that reporting requirements have changed from quarterly to biannually.  The next report is scheduled to be delivered after June 2015.

Member submissions

Member submissions that were discussed included the Report on PMAC, Homelessness, a letter from the Australian Medical Association and ESORT Performance Evaluation.

The next full meeting of the ESO Round Table will be 27 August 2015. 

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