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YVF - Summary 23 July 2014 meeting

The Forum convened in Canberra on Wednesday 23 July 2014 for the second time.

Discussions included:

  • the Western Front Interpretive Centre;
  • the Department’s Strategic Research Strategy;
  • new Hearing Services Online;
  • the draft Social Health Strategy 2014; and
  • a number of member submissions.

The Western Front Interpretive Centre

Members received an update on the progress of Western Front Interpretive Centre. Members were advised the centre, to be named the Sir John Monash Centre, will be a technology multimedia space, designed to tell the story of the 295,000 Australians who served on the Western Front from 1916 to 1918.

Members were advised that the website, WW1 Western Front, provides information on activities relation to the Australian Remembrance Trail in France and Belgium.

Department’s Strategic Research Strategy

The Department’s Strategic Research Strategy, introduced in July 2013 was discussed by members.

Members received an overview of some of the major studies to be undertaken over a three year period, including a joint initiative with Defence into Transition and Wellbeing.

Hearing Services Online

Members heard about new services provided on behalf of the Department by the Office of Hearing Services. From 5 May 2014, clients gained the ability to check their eligibility and make a booking for the services online, in addition to the traditional methods of telephone or paper based applications.

Draft Social Health Strategy 2014  for the Veteran and Ex-Service Community

Members were informed that the Strategy identifies objectives for supporting veteran social health and wellbeing.

Members were invited to consider the Strategy and provide feedback via the DVA website.

Member submissions covering a range of matters were also discussed. These included:

  • amending the method of discharge;
  • the ADF Servicewomen Steering Committee; and
  • alternative methods of rehabilitation. 

The next Forum will meet in October 2014.

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